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SparkNotes, Character Analysis: Charles Parker "Dill" Harris 

"Jem and Scout’s summer neighbor and friend. Dill is a diminutive, confident boy with an active imagination. He becomes fascinated with Boo Radley and represents the perspective of childhood innocence." 

Welcome, Dills! Your enormous imagination makes up for your small stature. Every kid in the neighborhood needs a Dill to get into good trouble with.

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  • A Monthly Newsletter 
  • Access to Our Quarterly Reading Club 
  • Updates on our Mockingbird History Curriculum for Kiddos


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 SparkNotes, Character Analysis: Jem

"If Scout is an innocent girl who is exposed to evil at an early age and forced to develop an adult moral outlook, Jem finds himself in an even more turbulent situation. His shattering experience at Tom Robinson’s trial occurs just as he is entering puberty, a time when life is complicated and traumatic enough. His disillusionment upon seeing that justice does not always prevail leaves him vulnerable and confused at a critical, formative point in his life. Nevertheless, he admirably upholds the commitment to justice that Atticus instilled in him and maintains it with deep conviction."

Welcome, Jems!  Bring your questions, disillusionment, and incredibly admirable need for justice. The world needs more of you.

  • 4 Weekly Lessons Each Month
  • A Monthly Newsletter 
  • Access to Our Quarterly Reading Club 
  • Updates on our Mockingbird History Curriculum for Kiddos


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SparkNotes, Character Analysis: Scout Finch

"Scout is a very unusual little girl, both in her own qualities and in her social position. She is unusually intelligent (she learns to read before beginning school), unusually confident (she fights boys without fear), unusually thoughtful (she worries about the essential goodness and evil of mankind), and unusually good (she always acts with the best intentions). In terms of her social identity, she is unusual for being a tomboy in the prim and proper Southern world of Maycomb."

Welcome, Scouts! You are beloved and adored. We love your intelligence, your confidence, your thoughtfulness and goodness—but most of all we love your precocious spunk and wit.

  • 4 Weekly Lessons Each Month
  • A Monthly Newsletter 
  • Access to Our Quarterly Reading Club 
  • Updates on our Mockingbird History Curriculum for Kiddos



About Mockingbird


Maya Angelou once famously and wisely said, "When you know better, you do better." If you're like me, you're looking at your news and social media feeds these days, with their minute-by-minute play-by-play of racial injustice, and wondering how we got here. Mockingbird: History Lessons for Adults, aims to answer that question by challenging our biases and fears with curiosity and hopefulness. Because like Mother Maya, I believe that becoming familiar with the dark places of our history has unimaginable power to change us.

If you haven’t already watched the video above, please watch it! And if you haven't read the inaugural Mockingbird blog post on Black Coffee with White Friends, I'd love for you to read that too so that you can understand my heart, which is the pulse carrying this project.

Also, be sure to look to the left of this page and check out the goals listed in the left margin. Spoiler alert! My goal is to use part of your contribution to this community to create amazing, beautifully designed history lessons for kiddos. Think of it like this: your commitment to these history lessons for adults will help fund history curriculums for kiddos. Also don't forget to look to the right of this page and see all the ways that you can contribute to this community and its work to reveal our entire history. Good news! You can sign-up for as little as $1 a month.


An Overview

Week 1: George Washington
Week 2: The American Revolution
Week 3: The Constitution
Week 4: The Bill of Rights

Week 1: Thomas Jefferson
Week 2: Act Banning the Importation of Slaves 1807
Week 3: John Marshall & The Supreme Court
Week 4: The New York Post, 1st Edition, 1801

Week 1: Abraham Lincoln
Week 2: Robert E. Lee & The Cult of the Lost Cause
Week 3: The Gettysburg Address
Week 4: The 13th Amendment & The Civil Rights Acts of 1866

Week 1: The Ku Klux Klan
Week 2: The Invention of the Typewriter
Week 3: Holiday Break 
Week 4: Holiday Break

Week 1: Hiram Rhodes Revels & The 15th Amendment
Week 2: The Tuskegee Institute, 1881
Week 3: The Vaudeville Theater, 1883 & The Civil Rights Cases, 1883
Week 4:The Statue of Liberty Arrives, 1885

*Black History Month: Daily Prompts to Celebrate Black History Throughout February

Week 1: Coca-Cola, 1886
Week 2: Ellis Island Opens, 1892
Week 3: The Pledge of Allegiance, 1892
Special Lesson: Celebrating Our National Recording Registry 

Week 1: The Chicago's World Fair
Week 2: Spring 2020 Newsletter and Plessy vs. Ferguson, 1896
Week 3: 1900 Census
Week 4: The Boy Scouts of America, 1910
Bonus Week: Woodrow Wilson & Birth of a Nation 

Week 1:  Spring 2020 Newsletter: Asian Pacific Heritage Month
Week 2: The Spanish Flu Epidemic of 1918
Week 3: 19th Amendment, 1920 & The 1st Miss America Pageant, 1921
Week 4: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927

Week 1: June Newsletter: Summer Reading Suggestions  
Week 2: Helpers Series 
Week 3: Helpers Series 
Week 4: Helpers Series  

Week 1: Mount Rushmore & Monthly Newsletter
Week 2: The Star Spangled Banner and Porgy & Bess
Week 3:Gone with the Wind and Summer Olympics 1936
Week 4: The New Deal & William Henry Hastie

Week 1: August Newsletter 
Week 2:Race Riots in Detroit and Harlem, 1943 and the G.I. Bill of Rights
Week 3:Jackie Robinson 1947
Week 4: Executive Order 9981, 1948

Week 1: September Newsletter 
Week 2: Brown vs. The Board of Education, 1954 (and Supreme Court Order of 1955) and Bus Boycott, 1955
Week 3: Civil Rights Bill of 1957
Week 4: Woolworth Sit-in, 1960
If you’re a new friend and meeting me here on Patreon, be sure to check out my blog,  Black Coffee with White Friends and follow us on Instagram @mockingbirdhistorylessons and catch me at  @blackcoffeewithwhitefriends.

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With 1500 patrons, we can launch the second quarter of Mockingbird's curriculum for all ages!!! Yes!!! With this community we can continue to nourish those curious minds with a more human history that brings hopes to all people. 
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