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Support the development of close reading skills with this worksheet composed of challenging questions designed to help high school students analyze chapter 23 of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. An answer key is provided. Delivered in printable Word Document and PDF formats, these instructional materials save teachers valuable time at home without sacrificing rigor in the classroom. By engaging with this resource, students will do the following:

  • Identify what the text states explicitly and implicitly
  • Define words and phrases as they are used in the text
  • Analyze nuances in words and phrases with similar meanings
  • Consider the author’s intentions as they relate to setting
  • Examine how complex characters think, behave, interact, and develop
  • Apply knowledge of literary devices including metaphor
  • Draw parallels between two passages: one from chapter 23 and another from a previous chapter
  • Identify textual evidence in support of a claim

This resource may facilitate small-group discussions in which students decode language and pose/respond to questions relating to plot, broad topics, and character development. Using this resource for structured guidance, students will improve their ability to present information, conclusions, and supporting textual evidence clearly and convincingly.