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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 seventeenth chapter of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Featuring 6 multiple choice questions and 1 constructed response question, this editable resource includes an answer key and covers the following:
♦ Discerning meaning: “Every town the size of Maycomb had families like the Ewells. No economic fluctuations changed their status—people like the Ewells lived as guests of the county in prosperity as well as in the depths of a depression.”
♦ Discerning meaning: “The varmints had a lean time of it, for the Ewells gave the dump a thorough gleaning every day…”
♦ Understanding characters' feelings (Jem and Scout): “We acquired no traumas from watching our father win or lose…”
♦ Understanding Bob Ewell's testimony: "I’ve asked this county for fifteen years to clean out that nest down yonder, they’re dangerous to live around ‘sides devaluin’ my property—”; “Mr. Ewell was endearing himself to his fellow citizens.”
♦ Interpreting metaphorical expressions: Bob is described by the narrator as “a red little rooster.”
♦ Interpreting metaphorical expressions: “It seemed to me that [Atticus had] gone frog-sticking without a light.”
♦ Applying literary devices and articulating rationale: verbal irony.
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.
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.