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 fifth chapter of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Featuring 9 multiple choice questions, this resource includes an answer key with rationale for each answer and covers the following:
♦ Inferring meaning and significance: “[Miss Maudie] called us by all our names, and when she grinned she revealed two minute gold prongs clipped to her eyeteeth. When I admired them and hoped I would have some eventually, she said ‘Look here.’ With a click of her tongue she thrust out her bridgework, a gesture of cordiality that cemented our friendship.”
♦ Interpreting idiomatic expressions: “was admitted to our confidence."
♦ Interpreting meaning: “Did you know some of ‘em came out of the woods one Saturday and passed by this place and told me me and my flowers were going to hell?”
♦ Interpreting idiomatic expressions: “had an acid tongue in her head.”
♦ Interpreting meaning: “There are just some kind of men who—who’re so busy worrying about the next world they’ve never learned to live in this one, and you can look down the street and see the results.”
♦ Supporting a claim regarding the origin of Maudie's interest in gardening using textual evidence: “Her father was a neighboring landowner. His name was Dr. Frank Buford. He was a medicine man, but he stayed poor because he was obsessed with his plants and the earth.”
♦ Applying literary terminology: hyperbole.
♦ Understanding vocabulary in context: inquisitive.
♦ Inferring a character's intent: Atticus.
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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