This is a writing activity for students to complete after having read chapters 1-6 of To Kill a Mockingbird. This activity asks students to respond to a number of key components of literature in these chapters: setting, characterization, symbolism, tone, language, and narration. Students are guided to only choosing a few topics, but discussing them in considerable depth.
An example of what a thorough, two-page response should look like is provided. However, with my students, I encourage them to aim for one-page to one and a half pages, typed, double-spaced, in a 12-point font.
Furthermore, I suggest doing this as an in-class activity: either with laptops in the classroom, or in the computer lab. I find that being able to read what students are writing while they are writing it helps me to better dynamically assess their work and help them make changes while they are doing the writing, rather than after. It make an enormous difference in their writing. I cannot recommend doing this highly enough.
There are more topics provided for chapters 7-12, 13-18, and 19-24 in my store.