To Kill A Mockingbird

Teacher Guide: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

In the sleepy southern town of Maycomb, Alabama, two children live out their joys and trials, too young to be aware of the tensions which undergird their society and threaten their peace. Their father, the local lawyer, proves a bulwark of safety for them in times of conflict. When an innocent black man is wrongly accused of raping a white woman, Atticus Finch acts in accordance with his conscience and resolves to defend the innocent, regardless of the racial tensions which might cow a weaker man. Aware that this ugliness will certainly affect his children, Atticus stands guard over their innocence too, trying to protect their youth and peace.