In this interactive lesson, students explore the importance of setting in literature and apply their learning to the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Students are introduced to the three main components of setting: time, place, and the social conditions in the story. Using these three components as a framework, students gain a deeper understanding of setting in To Kill a Mockingbird by learning about the 1930s. A final writing assignment asks the students to write an essay synthesizing their knowledge of the time period and the book. This lesson works for students who are already engaged in studying the novel and have read at least the first two chapters.