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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 sixth chapter of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Featuring 11 multiple choice questions, this resource includes an answer key and covers the following:
♦ Deriving meaning: “Making change in the collection plate every Sunday.”
♦ Applying literary devices: Dialect.
♦ Deriving meaning: "A closer inspection revealed an arc of water descending from the leaves and splashing in the yellow circle of the street light, some ten feet from source to earth, it seemed to us."
♦ Defining vocabulary in context: Prowess.
♦ Understanding what Scout means when she describes herself as "untalented in this area."
♦ Applying literary terminology: Dramatic irony.
♦ Interpreting idiomatic expressions: "Hatching one."
♦ Interpreting meaning: “Matches were dangerous, but cards were fatal.”
♦ Deriving meaning: “It was then, I suppose, that Jem and I first began to part company.”
♦ Applying literary devices: Simile.
♦ Drawing logical inferences: "[Jem] lay down, and for a while I heard his cot trembling."
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.