To Kill a Mockingbird Chapter 7: Plot and Quote Writing

To Kill a Mockingbird Chapter 7

This activity focuses on Chapter 7 of “To Kill a Mockingbird” through an exploration of plot development and the skillful selection of quotations. The objective is for students to summarize the key events of this pivotal chapter and enhance their analytical skills by identifying and discussing two significant quotes. These selected quotations should ideally shed light on the characters, themes, or the plot’s progression. This exercise aims to encourage students to look beyond the surface narrative and delve into Harper Lee’s nuanced storytelling. By guiding them through this process, you are helping to develop their critical thinking, comprehension, and literary analysis skills, which are vital for their overall growth as readers and learners.

Learning Goals

  • I will be able to effectively identify and analyze key plot details.
  • I will be able to extract and interpret important quotes.
  • I will be able to recognize and understand the use of figurative language.



  • Introduce the plot details worksheet.
  • Read chapter 7.
  • Complete the plot details worksheet.
  • Extension: Write a chapter summary.

Student Instructions

Here are the questions in the worksheet:

  1. Using point form notes, write down the 5 most important plot details.
  2. Copy the two best quotes from the chapter. Explain why you think these are the best quotes.
  3. Jem tells Scout that when he retrieved his pants from the Radleys’, “They were folded across the fence like they were expectin’ me.” Of what type of figurative language is this an example?
  4. What do you think the relationship between Nathan Radley and Boo (Arthur) Radley is like? Why do you think that?
  5. Why does Jem cry at the end of the chapter?

Extension Activity

Write a concise and comprehensive summary of Chapter 7 in To Kill a Mockingbird, focusing on the main plot points, character developments, and significant events.


Read Chapter 7: Pay attention to the sequence of events, character actions, and any new developments.

Identify Key Plot Points:

    • List the main events of Chapter 7 in chronological order. Focus on those that significantly advance the plot or affect the characters.

Note Character Developments:

    • Briefly describe any significant changes or insights into the characters in this chapter, particularly Scout, Jem, and any other key figures involved.

Outline the Setting:

    • Describe where the events of Chapter 7 take place and how the setting contributes to the chapter’s atmosphere and events.

Highlight Conflicts and Resolutions:

    • Identify any conflicts introduced or resolved in this chapter. Explain how they propel the story forward.

Draft Your Summary:

    • Start writing your summary. Begin with a clear introduction that sets the context, followed by a concise depiction of the main events and character developments.
    • Keep your summary focused on the chapter’s plot. Avoid personal opinions or interpretations.

Use Direct Quotes Sparingly:

    • Include one or two significant quotes if they add value to your summary, but do not overuse them. Always explain their relevance to the plot.

Ensure Coherence and Flow:

    • Make sure your summary is coherent and follows a logical sequence. Each sentence should lead smoothly to the next.

Keep it Concise:

    • Aim to capture the essence of Chapter 7 without going into unnecessary detail. Your summary should be brief but comprehensive.

Marking Criteria for Chapter 7 Plot Summary of “To Kill a Mockingbird”


Comprehension of Plot (5 marks)

    • Demonstrates a thorough understanding of the events in Chapter 7.
    • Accurately identifies key plot points and their significance.

Character Analysis (4 marks)

    • Insightfully describes character developments and their relevance to the chapter.
    • Clearly identifies how these developments affect the plot.

Clarity and Coherence (3 marks)

      • The summary is well-structured, with a clear beginning, middle, and end.
      • Ideas are presented logically and coherently.

Conciseness and Relevance (3 marks)

    • The summary is concise, focused on the main events, and free of unnecessary details.
    • All included information is relevant to the chapter’s overall plot.

Use of Quotes (2 marks)

    • Effectively incorporates one or two significant quotes, enhancing the summary.
    • Correctly explains the context and relevance of each quote.

Grammar, Spelling, and Punctuation (3 marks)

    • The summary is well-written with correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
    • Shows attention to detail and a high level of written proficiency.

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