Help your students to read like detectives as they complete two annotation close reading activities for chapters 1 and 21 in To Kill a Mockingbird. After reading chapter 1, students complete the activity which focuses on Harper Lee's masterful development of setting (simile, alliteration, and onomatopoeia). After reading chapter 21, help your students to understand the pace of narration. Students explore how Harper Lee masterfully slows down events, building suspense, and then speed them up for climactic events. Passages from chapters 10 (the mad dog scene) and 21 (the trial verdict) are excerpted for students to examine. In addition, some tips on using annotation in class are provided as well as model examples of annotation. This is an individual activity used in conjunction with whole group discussion, but could easily be adapted for small group work as well!