The first part of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird is very episodic in nature, and if your students are anything like mine, they have likely been asking, "But, what's, like, the main story? Is something going to happen with this Boo Radley? Why do we need to know so much about Atticus, anyway? What's the deal with this trial? If it's important, why did we just spend eight chapters reading about Boo Radley?"
That's when you know it's definitely time to look at ways to synthesize the information from their reading and get them thinking critically.
This collaborative, Common Core-aligned, print-and-use writing activity and FULL lesson plan requires students to analyze the first part of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird through the completion of four-higher order, prose-constructed response questions. Concepts addressed in these literary analysis questions include mirror characters, the abstract concept of courage, the concept of "coming-of-age," identifying the main character, and deciding on which "episode" of part one is most impactful. During four timed rounds of writing, students will also read, review, and converse with peers' writing.
This resource includes a full lesson plan, all essential graphic organizers, an optional exit ticket, an optional holistic rubric, and three grading plan suggestions.
I have used this as a review before a summative assessment of the first section of the text.