The guides in the Rigorous Reading series aim to transform the reading of a great novel into a journey of discovery for students.
This in-depth guide has been written specifically for Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird. The lessons and activities have been structured and scaffolded to maximise the experience of reading and teaching this novel. To prepare students for their reading of To Kill a Mockingbird, teachers can utilise the novel information and pre-reading activities. Included in this section is information about the book and its author, along with activities designed to acclimate students to the themes and/or concepts present in the book they are about to read.
This resource provides activities that help foster comprehension and reinforce knowledge of literary elements as students read To Kill a Mockingbird. These section activities allow students the opportunity to process short sections of To Kill a Mockingbird individually, laying a strong foundation for their ability to engage more deeply with the chapters to come. For each section of To Kill a Mockingbird, students will complete individual and collaborative activities that encourage close reading, referencing textual evidence and drawing their own conclusions about the text.
Additionally, this resource provides students with another avenue through which they can reflect on recurring literary elements while also connecting personally with To Kill a Mockingbird. Each student maintains his or her own Interactive Novel Log, using it as a way to consider and then reconsider various aspects of To Kill a Mockingbird.
Upon completion of the entire novel, students can synthesise their ideas about To Kill a Mockingbird by completing several individual and/or collaborative post-reading activities. This section of the resource includes such larger assignments as group projects and essay prompts.
Several of To Kill a Mockingbird's richly worded sentences are provided for each section of the novel. This gives students an opportunity to learn the novel's vocabulary in context. At the end of this guide, an answer key is provided for activities that require specific answers.