Mockingbird

Tasks for the Geographer — To Kill a Mockingbird

PRESENTATION #1: Questions

To Kill a Mockingbird is set in the town of Maycomb, Alabama. Maycomb is fictional, but the author, Harper Lee, grew up in Monroeville, Alabama. Find it on a map of Alabama.

  Season

Average Temperature

Precipitation

  Summer

 

 

  Fall

 

 

  Winter

 

 

  Spring

 

 

Useful website: Clickable Map of the U.S.

Useful websites:

Alabama

Alabama History On-Line

PRESENTATION #1

  Alabama

  Mobile (the state capital)

 

  Auburn (has an engineering school) (p. 10) [p. 13}

 

  Abbottsville (where the Cunninghams go on Sundays) (p. 10) [p. 12]

 

  Tuscaloosa

 

  Winton County (where Scout's teacher is from) (p. 16) [p. 21]

  Mississippi

  Meridian (where Dill lives)

  Florida

  Pensacola (where Mr. Nathan Radley lived) (p. 12) [p. 14]

  Pennsylvania

  Philadelphia

  Virginia

  Appomattox

Useful websites:

Clickable Map of the U.S.

The Fifty States


PRESENTATION #1: Vocabulary

  azalea

 

  bluejay

 

  bob-white

 

  camellia

 

  cannas

 

  chinaberries

 

  gardenia

 

  geranium

 

  kudzu

 

  martins

 

  mimosa

 

  night-crawlers

 

  oak

 

  pecan

 

  roly-poly

 

  whippoorwill

 

 

 

Alabama State Flower

  • Where do camellias come from originally?


PRESENTATION #2: Water and Transportation

  • There are many words in the novel about places with water, such as Finch's Landing in Chapter 13. Find the meaning of the following geographical words and explain them to your classmates.

  landing (pp. 4, 79) [pp. 4, 106]

 

  bluff (p. 79) [p. 106]

 

  jetty (p. 79) [p. 106]

 

  • How were goods transported to Finch's landing? (p. 4) [p. 4]

  • Name five goods the family could not make or grow themselves. (pp. 4, 79-80) [p. 4, p. 106]

 

 

 

 

 

 

BONUS: Internet Task

 


 

PRESENTATION #2: Drought「干害」

Go to Farming in the 1930s and look at the map about drought. Click on the different years.

  • Which year was the drought in the U.S. the worst?

  • Which years was there drought in Alabama?

  • BONUS: Read some Tall Tales「駄法螺」 about the drought. Choose one you think is funny to tell your classmates.
  • (Which of the characters in To Kill a Mockingbird tells "tall tales"?)


Created by CA Edington, Spring, 2005; revised Spring, 2012

Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan