This bundle of 15 close reading exercises, which features more than 125 higher order thinking questions, encourages purposeful reading and deeper comprehension of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. These resources align well to Adolescent Literacy Project teaching principles. I recommend using these worksheets as the basis for small-group discussions, letting students discuss, debate, and support their reasoning for answer choices. In the role of facilitator, I observe my students becoming more consistently engaged with the novel and taking greater ownership of their learning.
In addition to helping students gain deeper understanding of the material and greater confidence in their ability to comprehend challenging texts, close reading resources may help students prepare for ACT-style questioning.