What is a good title for Chapter 5 in To Kill a Mockingbird? 

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If you are being asked to come up with a chapter title for a book you're reading, it's probably because your teacher wants to make sure you have read and understood the chapter. Your chapter title should be a word or phrase that summarizes the chapter, or points to the main idea of the chapter.

Let's summarize Chapter 5:

When Jem and Dill become closer friends, Scout feels left out and begins to spend time with Miss Maudie Atkinson. Scout relays a conversation in which Miss Maudie tells Scout that Boo Radley was a polite and friendly child, but he is probably crazy now because of growing up with a severely strict Baptist father (who is now dead).

Jem and Dill try to invite Boo to go out for ice cream with them by sticking a note to a window on the Radley place using a fishing pole, but Atticus catches them in the act and tells them to leave Boo alone.

From the summary, we can choose a title about Scout's new friendship with Miss Maudie: "A New Friend," or about the information Scout learned about Boo Radley: "Boo Radley's Story." Alternately, we could use the main idea of the chapter, which is "Learning More about Boo." You might want to go with a full sentence title to really show your teacher that you understood the chapter: "Scout Learns Boo's Story from Miss Maudie while Jem and Dill get into Trouble." 

When you write a chapter title, don't forget to use proper capitalization: The first word and all the main words in a title must be capitalized. Prepositions and joining words don't need to be capitalized in a title.

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