Teaching To Kill a Mockingbird Lessons To Kill a Mockingbird Vocabulary Chapters 1 to 5

To Kill a Mockingbird Vocabulary Chapters 1 to 5


Know the meaning of each bold printed vocabulary word from To Kill a Mockingbird. Also know its part of speech in the context of the sentence as found in the novel. Be able to write a sentence that incorporates the vocabulary word. The sentence must show that you understand the meaning of the word.

Acceptable: Jerry’s asinine behaviour bothered me.

Not Acceptable: Jerry is asinine.

Chapter 1

  • “When it was healed, Jem’s fears of never being able to play football were assuaged … “
  • “All we had was Simon Finch, a fur-trapping apothecary from Cornwall whose piety was exceeded only by his stinginess.”
  • ” … she married a taciturn man.”
  • “Rain rotted shingles drooped over the eaves of the veranda.. “
  • “… arising from the alleged wrongful detention of a mare, were imprudent enough to do it in the presence of three witnesses .. “

Chapter 2

  • “Jem condescended me to take me to school the first day .. “
  • “The class murmured apprehensively, should she prove to harbor her share of the peculiarities indigenous to that region.”
  • “When I asked what entailment was, and Jem described it as a condition of having your tail in a crack… “
  • “My sojourn in the corner was a short one.”

Chapter 3

  • “His fists were half cocked, as if expecting an onslaught from us.”
  • “He examined Walter with an air of speculation.”
  • “Jem’s free dispensation of my pledge irked me”
  • “She was furious, and when she was furious Calpurnia’s grammar became erratic.”
  • “Atticus kept us in fits that evening, gravely reading columns of print about a man .. “

Chapter 4

  • “The remainder of my schooldays were no more auspicious than the first.”
  • ” … it was a thousand colors in a parched landscape; but most of all, summer was Dill.”
  • “Mrs. Dubose lived two doors up the street from us; neighborhood opinion was unanimous that Mrs. Dubose was the meanest old woman who ever lived.”
  • “Jem arbitrated, awarded me first push with an extra time for Dill, and I folded myself inside the tire”
  • “Jem’s evasion told me our game was a secret, so I kept quiet.”

Chapter 5

  • “Our tacit treaty with Miss Maudie was that we could play on her lawn…”
  • “Miss Maudie’s benevolence extended to Jem and Dill”
  • “Jem said placidly, ‘We are going to give a note to Boo Radley’ “
  • “…we were not to play an asinine game he had seen us playing…”
  • “‘No,’ said Atticus, ‘putting his life’s history on display for the edification of the neighborhood.'”

For a full vocabulary list, please see my Ultimate Unit Plan for To Kill a Mockingbird.  It includes vocabulary for the remaining chapters, as well as everything else you need to teach To Kill a Mockingbird from start to finish.