This is an activity that I use with my students at the beginning of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird. The students are encouraged to pick through some important pieces of dialect from the novel and have to make preliminary assessments of theme, characterization, and conflict based on these pieces. I really enjoy doing this with my students as they are able to become familiar with the different examples of colloquial language and begin the story with a feel for the characters. Additionally, the students get a preview of the most significant quotes of the novel and are generally excited to spot them within the book as they read. Upon completion of individual or pair reflection, I project the document and have the students discuss as a class. As the students see the direct quotes in the novel, they must then identify the speaker and create a citation as they read.