This fast-paced novel review pits classroom rows against each other to see who can most quickly answer 21 questions about To Kill a Mockingbird. The questions range from easy to challenging, so every kid in every row can confidently participate.
(Because there is only one sheet passed out per row, and up to 42 kids in each class, I also pass out literature-themed word searches so the kids who are waiting for the questions to return to them have something to work on. Insist on absolute quiet during the activity. Towards the end of the activity, if the rows are obviously stumped or stuck on a remaining handful of questions, I allow them to use their novels. When a row thinks that they have answered all 21 questions correctly, they'll emphatically let us know, and I instruct the class to put down their pencils, turn their worksheets over, and wait while I quickly scan for incorrect responses. If there is an incorrect response, I return the paper to the row and have the class continue writing answers. Repeat until a row gets all 21 correct. These I award five extra credit points to, with second place earning plus four, third place plus three, and so on. Any rows that have unanswered or incorrect questions at the end of the period lose points on the 21-point assignment.)