Creating Discussion Questions

Here is the slideshow from class containing the discussion questions we’ve used (and eventually that you’ve created!) for To Kill a Mockingbird.

There are some additional slides added to help with creation of your own discussion questions using annotations and anchor questions.

Table: Annotation Codes and Questions

Abbreviation Annotation Type

Definition and Anchor Question  (if applicable)

CC Contrast &


When a character does something that contrasts with what you’d expect or contradicts his earlier acts or statements, STOP and ask, “Why is the character doing that?”
! Aha! Moment When a character realizes, understands, or finally figures out something, STOP and ask yourself, “How might this change things?”
WW Words of the


When a character (probably older and wiser) takes the main character aside and offers serious advice, STOP and ask, “What’s the life lesson and how might it affect the character?”
A&A Again and Again When you notice a word, phrase, or situation mentioned over and over, STOP and ask yourself, “Why does this keep happening again and again?”  (patterns tell us about the characters)
MM Memory Moment When the author interrupts the action to tell you about a memory, STOP and ask yourself, “Why might this memory be important?”
I Inference You infer something the author has not explicitly said
IV Inner Voice Your thoughts and opinions

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