In this lesson, students will analyze a key line from Atticus’s closing speech by studying the literal and figurative meanings of what Atticus says to the jury. Students will also analyze the line to understand the irony of what Atticus says. By doing this, students will synthesize and refer to the racial prejudice and tension that this trial represents. This is a crucial aspect of the novel that comes to the forefront in Part 2.
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Bilingual Language Progressions
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From EngageNY.org of the New York State Education Department. Grade 8 ELA Module 2A, Unit 2, Lesson 6.
Available from engageny.org/resource/grade-8-ela-module-2a-unit-2-lesson-6; accessed 2015-05-29.
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