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 sixteenth chapter of To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee. Featuring 10 multiple choice questions, this editable resource includes an answer key and covers the following:
♦ Drawing inferences: "The full meaning of the night’s events hit me and I began crying. Jem was awfully nice about it: for once he didn’t remind me that people nearly nine years old didn’t do things like that."
♦ Applying literary terminology (metaphor): "Atticus watched in frank admiration; Aunt Alexandra sipped coffee and radiated waves of disapproval."
♦ Reading closely: "Children who slipped out at night were a disgrace to the family."
♦ Inferring meaning: "You know how they talk among themselves. Everything that happens in this town’s out to the Quarters before sundown."
♦ Paraphrasing Atticus's feelings toward Mr. Cunningham after the mob incident.
♦ Understanding literary terminology (hyperbole): "'It’s all over town this morning,' [Dill] announced, 'all about how we held off a hundred folks with our bare hands…"
♦ Defining vocabulary in context: formidable.
♦ Reading closely: Why Maudie chooses not to attend the trial.
♦ Identifying accurate statements: Dolphus Raymond's banishment from traditional society and condemnation to an uneasy life among a minority class.
♦ Discerning the significance of the children's placement in the balcony among the African American community.
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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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 15 close reading worksheets, a 29-page reading guide, and a unit test.