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 seventh chapter of To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee. Featuring 7 multiple choice questions, this resource includes an answer key and covers the following:
♦ Paraphrasing Atticus's advice for Scout about Jem.
♦ Deriving meaning: “Can’t anybody tell what I’m gonna do lest they know me, can they, Scout?”
♦ Understanding vocabulary in context: grim.
♦ Applying literary devices: foreshadowing.
♦ Applying literary devices: slang.
♦ Applying literary devices: situational irony.
♦ Interpreting idiomatic expressions: "bad humor."
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.