These daily quiz questions are originally part of our full To Kill a Mockingbird unit. We decided to sell this component separately and it includes twelve pages of short response questions for all thirty-one chapters of To Kill a Mockingbird. There are between four and ten questions for each chapter, designed to elicit a one word answer or a short phrase response. Most of the questions center on the basic plot of the book, with a few technical questions put in the mix.
We’ve had great success over the years using this approach for all major works because the students quickly learned the teacher’s expectations that they are to read closely each night and retain the information for the next day’s lesson. It has helped to set the routine for the day’s lesson: each day, the kids know they will have a short quiz on the nightly reading. The daily assessments are also a useful tool to see which kids are routinely reading and those who are skipping reading assignments for homework.
The grading is simple: I mark them right or wrong, hand back the paper the following day for the next quiz. The kids add the next batch of answers to the same sheet. Again, I collect and grade and return them. We keep going like this until the novel is finished (usually between 75-100 questions total). Then, I use one of those cheap slide percentages to figure out a single, holistic grade based on the total number wrong. For my class, that single grade is the equivalent of a major test grade.
Once the questionnaires are collected, I review the answers with the class and it helps to focus the kids on the upcoming lesson, reviews material for anyone who was absent or didn’t read.
The questions are easy to moderate in nature, for example: What is the name of Jem and Scout’s spooky neighbors? Or What sound scared the children? If the students read, then the answers will be quick and easy. But, if they didn’t read, it will be obvious that they are merely guessing at the answers.
Again, it’s quick and easy and designed to effectively monitor the close reading skills of the class or individual students.
An answer key is included.