Introduction to Novel Study

On this first day back after our unexpected 4-day weekend, we jumped into the beginnings of our novel study unit. Over the next five weeks we will all be learning about The Great Depression while the students read either Harper Lee‘s To Kill a Mockingbird or Mildred D. Taylor‘s Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry.

Today, we watched a few key videos to set the stage for our novel study.  We first watched a video giving a general overview of The Great Depression era from The History Channel.

The students then saw the movie trailers for “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry.”

We then completed today’s lesson with a discussion of what each student expected to discover or learn in their book of choice.


  • Read Chapter 1 of either To Kill a Mockingbird or Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry.


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