Novel Study First Chapters

As we are reading both Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry and To Kill a Mockingbird, two classics in children’s literature, our upcoming lessons will be quite differentiated (meaning different variations of the lesson to meet the students where they are).  In today’s class, we did a quick recap of the first chapter of each book.  The students had the opportunity to complete discussion questions for their respective book’s first chapter.

To Kill a Mockingbird Chapter 1 Discussion Questions

1.What do you learn in this chapter about Maycomb, Atticus Finch and his family?

2.What do you learn about Dill’s character?

3.What, briefly, has happened to Arthur “Boo” Radley.

4.Why does the Radley place fascinate Scout, Jem and Dill?

5.What do you notice about the narrative voice and viewpoint in the novel?

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry Chapter 1 Discussion Questions

1.Where does this story take place? In what year?

2.Describe the schools that the black and white children attend.  Who is the “white” school named for?

3.Name the members of the Logan family.  What grades are the children in?

4.Why does Little Man stomp on the school book he is given?  What does the teacher mean by “That’s what you are”?

The students finished class by sharing their initial thoughts on the story they chose to read and their observations were fascinating.  It was really nice seeing how much the students are being hooked in by each story.


  • Read for 30 minutes.
    • TKAM-Chapter 2-3
    • ROTHMC-Chapter 2


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