(Newly updated August 2015) This pre-reading strategy uses critical thinking and inquiry learning to engage your students for their upcoming reading of the book, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Designed to meet requirements of the Common Core and help prepare students for PARCC, this activity requires students to complete close reading and use explicit text evidence to make logical inferences and predictions. Additionally, students must walk around the classroom to gather their evidence, so it is an excellent activity for your kinesthetic learners.
The ten page resource includes an explanation of the strategy in simple terms with answers to the following questions:
What is it?
How does it work?
How is it related to the Common Core?
It also includes the activity handouts, 30 printable lines of text (listed in order but the page numbers are not included so that the lines can be used with multiple versions of the book), a page with example predictions, and a short post-reading reflective activity.
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