Power Line Poster

Learning Target:

  • Enhance the meaning and impact of a power line with powerful visual elements, such as backgrounds, images, font choices, colors, and so on.

Please make a poster (8.5×11) of one of the Words of the Wiser or Power Lines quotes from the novel. You may choose what quote to display in your poster.

Note: We will NOT choose “…it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird” or any of the other extremely well-known and thus almost cliche lines from the book. We’ll dig deeper.

Your poster should be an interesting, intriguing, eye-catching, and thought-provoking artistic representation of the quote. Be sure to choose the best font, images, size, and so on. Think Pinterest. Think Etsy. Think Canva. Think Photoshop.

Think inspiration to know better, be better, and do better in the world today. Think inspiration to be the change you want to see in the world.

We will hang out posters on our lockers to encourage and influence our classmates and the Middle School community.

The Most Important Stuff

On your Words of the Wiser Collector (light green sheet; has an owl on it), take notes from the anchor charts on what you think is the most important stuff from this entire novel.

  • Key passages
  • Words of the Wiser
  • Themes
  • Again and Agains
  • Relationships, connections, patterns
  • Symbols
  • Changes in characters
  • Contrasts and Contradictions
  • Aha Moments
  • Anything you think we need to take away from this story

You can abbreviate or copy down just a few words of a quote, but be sure to note page numbers.

You will be able to utilize these notes on our major assessment on To Kill a Mockingbird.

Close Reading & Analysis Anchor Charts

Click here for the assignment GoogleDoc.

Learning Targets — I can…

  • Read closely and critically to analyze and determine the meaning of passages in the novel, not just literal meaning but more metaphorical and symbolic meaning.
  • Make connections among and draw conclusions about seemingly separate or very different passages of a novel.
  • Use and cite specific evidence and examples to support my analysis.

What is an anchor chart?

According to the website We Are Teachers, “Anchor charts are a great way to make thinking visible as you record strategies, processes, cues, guidelines and other content during the learning process.” Since each class thought about, closely read, and analyzed separate topics in To Kill a Mockingbird, we are all going to create anchor charts to make our work visible to the other sections. Think of an anchor chart as a kind of handmade infographic.

Close Reading and Analysis Anchor Charts

The ultimate goal of your anchor chart is to answer the essential questions listed for your section on my website (in bold at the top of your section’s post). Use your notes from your Close Reading and Analysis forms to determine what needs to go on your anchor chart.

Include both images and words and use artistic and design elements such as color and lettering to create a comprehensive anchor chart that helps the other sections understand your section’s essential questions.

Use specific evidence and always cite page numbers!

While anchor charts may seem Lower School, really, the close reading and analysis you’re presenting in this medium is very tough stuff — Upper School level stuff! Double- and triple-check that you’re hitting the learning targets.


Digging in with section 2! Other Perspectives


Close Reading and Analysis of Power Passages

What does the novel seem to suggest about judging others, seeing other or new perspectives, or changing perspectives and judgments? What do the characters learn about perspectives and judgments? What might we as readers take away from this novel in regards to perspectives and judgments?


  • learning empathy
  • seeing other perspectives — think Ewell, Cunningham, Finch, Robinson, social status, “caste system in Maycomb”
  • how perspectives change — think the African-American community with First Purchase Church and Reverend Sykes, Mrs. Dubose, and Boo Radley
  • the trial

Page 33 is the key!

  • Boo Radley: 14, 43-44, 60, 81, 311-end, especially 320-23
  • Townspeople: 12, 22-23, 29-31, 149, 153, 174, 179
  • Trial: 174, 179, 194, 203, 218, 228, 231-34

Additional pages:

  • 128 – Mrs. Dubose
  • 142-43 – Calpurnia
  • 149 – “caste system”
  • 174, 179 – Scout vs. the mob
  • 194, 203, 218 – red geraniums
  • 228 – Dolphus Raymond
  • 231-34 closing remarks of trial

Pages you have to figure out for yourself (!!!): 

  • 224
  • 253
  • 258-59
  • 311-end

Digging in with section 6! Words of the Wiser



Close Reading and Analysis of Power Passages

What are the “Words of the Wiser,” or life lessons, in this novel? Who learns them? From whom? What might we as readers take away from this novel?

How do these Words of the Wiser relate to historical setting of the novel? To the time at which the novel was published and made into a film? To TODAY?

Look at these pages as the basis for your study:

  • 15, 33 – empathy and “his point of view”
  • 87 – “licked before we begin”
  • 103 – “it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird”
  • 179 – kids know better/are wiser than adults

Then, with these pages as your foundation, check out:

  • 99
  • 120
  • 128 (hint: important to connect to 87!)
  • 198
  • 228-29
  • 233
  • 249
  • 259
  • 282
  • 320-23 (hint: important to connect to 33!)



Digging in with section 1! “One-Shot Finch”


Close Reading and Analysis of Power Passages

How are the rabid dog scene and the trial connected? Why? Look at the rabid dog scene and the verdict scene side-by-side! What does “One-Shot” mean? What’s the shot? What’s the gun? How do these scenes speak to the ideas of “unfair advantage” and “courage”?


Look at pages: 87, 100, 103, 108-110, 112, 128, 186, 239-241, and 269.

You can complete separate purple sheets for each set of page numbers, or you can combine several on one. Whatever works for you!


  • 87 & 128
  • 108-109 & 239-241