To Kill a Mockingbird: Chapters 24-31

Contributor: Melissa Kowalski. Lesson ID: 12736

Have you ever watched or read a mystery story and gotten that creepy feeling that something is about to happen? Writers use that technique to hint that something important, good or evil, is coming!


Literary Studies

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personality style
Grade Level
High School (9-12)
Lesson Type
Dig Deeper

Lesson Plan - Get It!

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If you were Jem or Scout, would you be worried about Mr. Ewell's threats?

As you read in the previous Related Lesson (right-hand sidebar), life has generally returned to normal after the hype of Tom Robinson's trial dies down.

The only nagging remnant from the trial appears to be Mr. Ewell's grudge against Atticus. While this grudge may simply be resentment, it may also be a sign of foreshadowing in the text. Foreshadowing is a literary technique that is a sign or signal of a future event.

To learn more about the use of foreshadowing, read the following article. As you read, answer the following questions in the notebook or journal that you have been keeping on the novel since the first lesson:

  • What are the techniques that a writer may use to create foreshadowing?
  • What are the three functions foreshadowing can have in a text?

Read Foreshadowing, posted at Literary Devices.

  • Can you think of any examples of foreshadowing from the novel?

Write down these examples in your notes and then read the final chapters of the novel, Chapters Twenty-four through Thirty-one. As you read, take notes on whether any of the events that you identified through foreshadowing come to fruition at the end of the novel.

When you have finished taking notes and reading, move on to the Got It? section to explore the events from the end of the book.

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