If you're here, chances are you're reading Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. It's a terrific book, but you may have found some words, allusions, or idioms that are unfamiliar to you. Hopefully, this website can help!
This website has been set up to be an annotation to the text of the novel (annotations are notes that explain things). As you travel through the site, you'll find more than 400 annotations to help you get more out of your reading. Many of the annotations contain links to pictures or other websites to further help you in understanding your reading. Click away, learn, and have fun!
Click on any one of the chapter links (found in the frame on the left). There you'll first find a short synopsis of the chapter. You'll also find phrases and sentences from the book that contain words that you may have had trouble understanding. Click on any of the highlighted words, and you'll be taken to a glossary page where you'll be able to find the word's definition. Be sure to scroll through the entire chapter page -- you'll also find help with allusions (references to various people, things, historical events, geographical locations, etc.) and idioms(expressions).
You can also view the entire vocabulary, allusions, or idioms list by clicking on your choice below. You can use the "find" feature on your browser to search for a particular word or phrase.
Looking for more information on the novel and the issues raised in it? Check out these Related Links.
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A note to teachers...
Also available! The Of Mice and Men Student Survival Guide
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