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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 ninth 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: “The sooner I learned to hold in, the better off everybody would be.”
♦ Atticus's reasoning for encouraging Scout to eliminate derogatory language from her vocabulary.
♦ Understanding Scout's motivation for feigning illness.
♦ Paraphrasing Atticus's remarks: “Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win.”
♦ Understanding context: "This time we aren’t fighting the Yankees, we’re fighting our friends."
♦ Understanding metaphor: “Aunt Alexandra would have been analogous to Mount Everest.”
♦ Characterizing Scout's feelings toward Uncle Jack.
♦ Characterizing Atticus's feelings toward the kids having and using rifles.
♦ Understanding vocabulary in context: Tarried.
♦ Interpreting Atticus's use of language: “Maycomb’s usual disease.”
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.