To Kill a Mockingbird: Themes and Symbols Student Project By Bailie Brinkerhoff

The Age Group: This project is specifically for high school level students, ages ranging between 14-18. However, every lesson can be modified to fit the teacher’s and students’ needs. This will help the adolescent students be able to think critically, use prior knowledge to create something new, and analyze and explore possible options to complete this project.

The Common Core Standards: The students will be exploring themes, symbolism, meanings, and analyzing the details of the book To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, according to the Utah Core Standards. They will then take what they have learned and found interesting about the book and make a presentation.

The ISTE Standards: The students will have to be creative to come up with an innovated way to present the information. They will be applying existing knowledge to create new ideas, products, or processes. They will be creating an original and personal piece of work to present the information in Adobe Spark.

The Project: This project will take place after the students have read To Kill a Mockingbird. Throughout their reading they have taken quizzes and assignments that help them recognize and identify the themes, symbols, and deeper meanings of the story. They have seen the video of To Kill a Mockingbird to help them be able to visualize the characters, the setting, and the tone of the story. Now it is time to test their knowledge and understanding of the text, as well as help them explore different ways of expressing what they have learned.

The students will prepare a 2-3 minute presentation on a theme, character, symbol, meaning, or scene found in the book that stood out to them most. They will do this by using Adobe Spark. They can create a page or a video that will be presented to the class. The subject of their presentation must be clear in the presentation. For example: if I were to choose the theme innocence in the book, I would give examples of symbols, characters, or scenes that I felt represented that theme and why. If I chose to analyze a scene in the book it would be fun to create a video of me and my friends doing that scene, then talk about why it stood out to me. Those are just a couple of examples they could do using Adobe Spark.

The Technology: The students will need access to a computer. Whether this project is done during class or outside of class is up to the teacher. They will also need access to Adobe Spark. It is a free website, but does require you to sign in using an email address. The students can use their school email addresses to access Adobe Spark.

Additional Help: The great thing about Adobe Spark is that it is easy to use. They have videos on their website that show you how to do things. If you can't find those there are also many youtube videos that show how to do certain things. Just type in Adobe Spark and find the one you want.

Personal Experience: This Adobe Spark page is my personal experience. I have never used this program before, and I thought it would be interesting to use the program I wanted my students to use to present the information. It has been really fun to use and I can't wait to discover more.

Assessment: The students will be assessed on a variety of things. Their presentation will be graded based on creativity, understanding of the text, clear and well developed theme, and being able to create a unique way of presenting the information. As long as the students were clear, showed that they understood the themes in To Kill a Mockingbird, did their best, and worked hard on creating their presentation they will receive a high grade. I hope that the students enjoy the project and being able to use their talents to present something they have learned in a new and exciting way. The goal is for them to be able to recognize literary themes and be able to analyze a text, as well as be able to be creative and learn new ways to present information.


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