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
Definition and Anchor Question (if applicable)
|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|