To Kill a Mockingbird Chapter 25: It’s a Sin and Reactions

To Kill a Mockingbird Chapter 25

In this short lesson for To Kill a Mockingbird Chapter 25, students will focus on the critical moments that reflect on the novel’s overarching themes of empathy, justice, and moral integrity. Through the analysis of specific questions related to this chapter, students will gain deeper insights into Atticus Finch’s wisdom, the societal dynamics of Maycomb, and the growth of Scout’s understanding of the world around her. This chapter serves as a pivotal point in reinforcing the novel’s message through the tragic lens of Tom Robinson’s death and the community’s reaction to it, as well as Scout’s evolving perspective on justice and morality.

Learning Goals

  • I will be able to identify and analyze three instances of imagery in Chapter 25.
  • I will be able to describe the town of Maycomb’s response to Tom Robinson’s death and discuss who they blame.
  • I will be able to interpret Scout’s conclusion about Tom Robinson’s trial.



  1. Read To Kill a Mockingbird Chapter 25. 
  2. Lead a group discussion on the significance of the metaphor “it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird” and how it applies to the events and characters in Chapter 25. Encourage students to share their thoughts on the imagery and its relation to Atticus’s advice.
  3. Text Analysis: In small groups, students will find and analyze three examples of imagery that echo Atticus’s advice in Chapter 25. On a large piece of chart paper, or a slide, they should prepare to speak to the class about how these examples contribute to the understanding of the novel’s message.
  4. In 1-2 paragraphs, write a reflection on how the town reacts to Tom Robinson’s death. Comment on who they blame. What do you think about their reaction?

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