Lesson Plan

“To Kill a Mockingbird” The Difference Between Plot and Theme

The students will read, “To Kill a Mockingbird.” They will then learn the difference between plot and theme, as well as, find themes in the book.
Tanya C.
La Sierra University
Riverside, United States
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I can read and analyze a book.

I can compare and contrast the difference between plot and theme.

I can identify the plot and themes within a book.

I can discuss how the plot and themes of a book.

English Language Arts
Grades 9 – 10
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Student Notes

1 Engage

I will play the video which explains plot and theme. I will then lead the students in a class discussion by asking them what they have learned about plot and theme after watching the video and if they understand the difference.

2 Explore


I will have the students get in a group of 3-5 students per group. The students will use Popplet in order to organize and determine the differences between plot and theme. They will then identify at least 2 themes from, “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

3 Explain

Activity: Presenting

I will have each group of students come up to the class and share the chart that they created on Popplet. The students will explain the difference between plot and theme in their own words. They will then explain to the class the themes they chose and why they believe those themes are relevant to the story.

4 Elaborate

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Now that the students have a better understanding of plot and theme I will have them go back to their seats. Each student will now use Prezi to create a presentation and show what they have learned about plot and theme. As part of the presentation the students will provide a brief plot overview as well as the different themes that they found. They will have to provide pictures for each of the themes and a description as to why they believe that is a theme of the story. They will present in front of the class.

5 Evaluate

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I will set up an “exit ticket” with questions on Socrative. I will ask:

  • How confident are you that you understand the difference between plot and theme?
  • After this lesson, do you feel comfortable recognizing themes in all types of literary works?
  • What else would you like to know about plot and theme?