Through novel study of To Kill a Mockingbird, I have noticed that students struggle with the beginning of the novel year to year. To ease some of this confusion, I created these note-taking sheets in order to guide students through the reading of these four critical chapters.
The note-taking sheets cover the following topics:
- Characterization of major characters
- Description of the setting
- Summary of the chapters
- Discussion questions for chapters 1-4
I have found it is especially helpful to have students keep these sheets throughout their reading of the novel, eventually referencing them again once they finish the whole text. You can use the evidence they collected early on to compare and contrast changes in characters, how this information contributed to themes in the novel, and how Jem's injury is referenced at the very beginning, but ties to the end of the novel.