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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 5 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:

  • Analyze the interactions between Maudie Atkinson and Scout to draw a reasonable inference about the nature of their relationship
  • Discern the meaning of complex vocabulary and phrases in context, taking into consideration both denotative definitions and connotative associations
  • Discern the object of Maudie Atkinson’s sympathy in the context of an excerpt
  • Identify the best textual evidence that conveys the origin of Maudie Atkinson’s interest in gardening 
  • Apply knowledge of hyperbole to the text
  • Analyze Atticus’s statements to infer his intent

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.