Summary: To Kill a Mockingbird

Pre-listening vocabulary

  • publish: to make something available to the public
  • racism:  poor treatment of a person or group because of their race
  • lawyer: someone who gives legal advice or defends people in court
  • backlash: a negative reaction from a large group of people

Listening activity

Gapfill exercise

Summary: To Kill a Mockingbird

In 1960, American author Harper Lee published her first , To Kill a Mockingbird. The book was made into an award-winning movie two years later. The story takes place in the 1930s. It follows a young girl named Scout who lives in Alabama. Scout to learn about racism in her time when her father, defence lawyer Atticus Finch, receives backlash for representing a black man in court. This is for Scout and her brother, Jem, because they have to deal with insults from their friends, , and even family members. During this time, Atticus teaches them to all people, regardless of race.

Comprehension questions

1. The novel was published in

Correct! Wrong!

The novel was published in 1960.

2. The main character of the story is named

Correct! Wrong!

The main character of the story is named Scout.

3. Atticus received backlash because

Correct! Wrong!

Atticus received backlash because he was representing a black man in court.

Discussion/essay questions

  1. The novel To Kill a Mockingbird is still taught in many schools today. Do you think the issues in this novel are still relevant? Why or why not?

Transcript

In 1960, American author Harper Lee published her first novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. The book was made into an award-winning movie two years later. The story takes place in the 1930s. It follows a young girl named Scout who lives in Alabama. Scout begins to learn about racism in her time when her father, defence lawyer Atticus Finch, receives backlash for representing a black man in court. This is difficult for Scout and her brother, Jem, because they have to deal with insults from their friends, neighbours, and even family members. During this time, Atticus teaches them to respect all people, regardless of race.

Written and recorded by Jaksyn Peacock for EnglishClub

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