Go Set A Watchman By Harper Lee Close Reading Compare/Contrast

Tracee Orman
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8th - 11th, Homeschool
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Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee Compare and Contrast with To Kill a Mockingbird Activities

The publication of Harper Lee's first draft of To Kill a Mockingbird (titled Go Set a Watchman) offers opportunities for students to see how the writing process works: it takes a lot of revision and rewriting to get your final draft just right!

Using the first chapter of Go Set a Watchman (published on the web, link included), students will compare the following areas in a close reading activity:
-narrator's point-of-view and perspective
-characterization and imagery (includes analyzing dialogue)
-plot and purpose
-inciting incident
-tone and mood

Students will also evaluate the writing, rewriting, and revision process by analyzing the changes the author made in the above areas.

Students will also practice writing from a third-person point-of-view, then rewriting the work in first-person point-of-view to get a feel of what Harper Lee went through during her revision process.

Go Set a Watchman was published July 14, 2015. This resource will be updated with additional activities after reading the full text.

Please note: the purchase of Go Set a Watchman is not necessary to use this resource. The first chapter gives the students plenty of material to work with to cover all the standards.

I also have these resources for teaching To Kill a Mockingbird:
To Kill a Mockingbird Complete Literature Unit

The Scottsboro Boys Anticipatory and Reading Response Activity

To Kill a Mockingbird Nonfiction Primary Source Allusion Activity

To Kill a Mockingbird Chapter Discussion Questions & Answers

To Kill a Mockingbird Trial Organizer - Interactive Notebook Activity

Created and Copyrighted by © Tracee Orman, 2015

The Common Core Standards were developed and written by the NGA. © Copyright 2010. National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and Council of Chief State School Officers. All rights reserved. To view the standards online, go to: www.corestandards.org

This resource is not connected with Harper Lee, HarperCollins, Reese Witherspoon, The Wall Street Journal, NewsCorp, or any of the aforementioned’s affiliates. It is for educational purposes only.

Clip art and cover design by Tracee Orman
Total Pages
25 pages
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Teaching Duration
3 days
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.
Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.


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