Helping students comprehend what they read is an essential skill that promotes success in terms of academics and career readiness. This close reading exercise helps students derive deeper meaning from the first chapter of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Featuring 9 multiple choice questions, this resource includes an answer key and covers the following:
♦ Simon Finch's history and how he "regarded with impotent fury the disturbance between the North and the South"
♦ Atticus Finch's history and how he broke "the tradition of living on the land"
♦ Atticus Finch's first two clients and their ignorance
♦ The Haverfords' having "dispatching Maycomb's leading blacksmith in a misunderstanding arising from the alleged wrongful detention of a mare"
♦ The narrator's intent when describing Calpurnia's hand as "wide as a bed slat and twice as hard"
♦ An interpretation of the following phrase: "inhabited by an unknown entity the mere description of whom was enough to make us behave for days on end"
♦ Defining and interpreting vocabulary and phrasing in context ('predilection' and 'a neighborhood scold')
♦ Atticus's use of metaphor to communicate how there are several ways to break a person down to the point of isolation from the outside world
This resource aligns well to Adolescent Literacy Project teaching principles. I recommend using these worksheets as the basis for small-group discussions, letting students discuss, debate, and support their reasoning for answer choices. In the role of facilitator, I observe my students becoming more consistently engaged with the novel and taking greater ownership of their learning.
In addition to helping students gain deeper understanding of the material and greater confidence in their ability to read harder texts, this resource was designed to prepare students for ACT-style questioning.
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