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This editable 12-question close reading exercise helps students derive deeper meaning from the eleventh chapter of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. By engaging in this activity, students will draw rational inferences about characters, apply literary devices with an emphasis on situational irony, define complex vocabulary in context, and more. One abridged passage is featured: one focusing on Mrs. Dubose's treatment of the kids, Jem's retaliation, and Jem's subsequent internal conflict. An answer key with detailed rationale for each correct choice is included, as are Word and PDF versions of the assessment. A link to a Google Document version of this resource is also included; make a copy of it to edit as desired.
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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 may prepare students for ACT-style questioning.
If you prefer a comprehensive resource to make teaching the novel more convenient, consider this mega bundle, which includes a set of 13 comprehension quizzes, a set of close reading worksheets (more than 185 higher-order thinking questions), a 29-page reading guide, and a unit test.