To Kill a Mockingbird: Non-Fiction Reading Activity

To Kill a Mockingbird: Non-Fiction Reading Activity
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Need to add non-fiction into a unit on to Kill a Mockingbird? Want to show students why this IS a popular, well-loved book (especially if they didn’t love it)?

Use this 2-day lesson connecting literature and a modern article to assess CCSS RI.1, RI.2, and RI.4 in your ELA classroom. Themed around the question “Why is this novel still popular?”, the articles and corresponding questions ask students to read and evaluate the points made by authors and the studies they cite as evidence.

In this EDITABLE doc from my “Nonfiction about Lit” series, ask students to identify their opinions and biases about the book before proceeding to read the article and answer multiple-choice, test-prep style questions about it. Assign the questions as a formative assessment or as an actual quiz.

The quiz questions were created to mimic the ACT and SAT, based on my 7 years of tutoring experience; they include questions about purpose, detail, function, vocabulary-in-context, main idea, and theme. Going over the correct answers will give you a TON of teachable moments to discuss the best ways to read a passage, the questions, and the answer choices, especially how to identify the answer in a text, how to infer within what the text suggests, and how to choose the best answer for what the question is actually asking!

This 5-page lesson includes:
• Clearly marked standards with a rubric
• Context and step-by-step directions
• Hyperlinks to a complex NPR article commemorating the book’s 50th anniversary
• Opportunities to examine student opinions and predict why the book is popular
• 13-question quiz with a variety of question types
• An answer key

(For an IN-DEPTH PREVIEW, check out my FREE Non-fiction Activity for The Giver!, which has similar features!)

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My other lessons from the “Nonfiction about Lit” series:
A Christmas Carol: Non-Fiction Reading Activity
Of Mice and Men: Non-Fiction Reading Activity
Romeo & Juliet: Non-Fiction Reading Activity

Other non-fiction activities:
"Why Grammar?" A non-fiction reading & writing unit
"Why Poetry?" Mini-Unit

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