Grade: Middle
Subject: Literature

#2128. To Kill A Mockingbird: Plot and Character

Literature, level: Middle
Posted Mon Feb 12 08:40:52 PST 2001 by Kerry LeBlanc (
Argyll Home Education Services Centre, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Concepts Taught: plot summary, character sketch, support your assertions with the literature

This assignment was created for online students; the directions are given directly to the kids. You will want to modify for a regular classroom.


This assignment asks you to complete a plot summary for the story To Kill A Mockingbird and a character sketch of a major character from the story.

EVALUATION: One of your two responses will be marked at random using a holistic scale of 1-10. If you want full marks, be sure:

-your answers are thoughtful and complete (you have included all important details)
-each of your answers include at least 3 examples from the novel to back up what you are saying
-you have edited for punctuation, spelling, grammar
Total: /10



Write a short but complete plot summary of your novel. (If you aren't sure what a plot summary is, please look up "plot" and "summary" before you begin.) Include information such about
setting, characters and theme, and point of view. Explain what the title has to do with the novel.


Choose an important character about whom to write a sketch. Include:
--ideas-- what the character thinks
--manner-- how the character acts
--reactions of others to the character
--why s/he is important in the novel
--how the character changed from the beginning of the novel to the end

Would you like to be the main character? Why or why not?
Would you like the main character for a friend? Give your reasons.