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Title: To Kill a Mockingbird WebQuest


1
To Kill a Mockingbird WebQuest
  • To Kill a Mockingbird is set in the sleepy town
    of Maycomb, Alabama. Maycomb is a fictional
    representation of Harper Lees hometown of
    Monroeville, Alabama. Maycomb writhes in the
    quagmire of prejudice natural to the south in the
    1930s. The Finch family represent a new age of
    thinking not welcome to the majority of Maycombs
    residents including members of their own family.
    Our novel is narrated by Jean Louise Finch, the
    young daughter of Atticus Finch, and provides the
    reader with a childlike view of the complexities
    of racism and the evolution of the south as she,
    her older brother Jem, and friend Dill mature and
    begins to understand the injustices of the world.
    To best understand the lessons of this great
    novel, you must first understand the author,
    times, and the place in which the story is set.

2
Task
  • Visit the various websites (provided as links)
    to learn the background information before
    starting the novel. Each website will also have
    questions for you to answer, simply to ensure
    that you are finding the important material on
    each site. The WebQuest will give you a good
    feel for the 1930s and a good understanding of
    the historical context of the novel as well
    therefore, you will be much more equipped to
    understand the novel itself and define themes
    associated with this classic work of literature.

3
Process
  • All questions should be answered thoroughly.
    You have ample time to complete ALL questions, so
    be sure to spend your time wisely. The questions
    will be graded for correctness! Use complete
    sentences, type your responses, and submit via
    email attachment or as a shared Google doc on the
    due date given. Website 7 provides details of a
    poster project to be completed and turned in by
    the given due date.

4
Evaluation
  • Questions will be graded for accuracy and
    detail. Website 7 will be graded per the rubric
    posted on the last slide of this document.

5
Goals
  • After completing this activity, examining the
    historical background of the times and
    information on the author and her work, you
    should be able to
  • Identify elements of living during the Great
    Depression
  • Identify the sources of prejudice, stereotypes,
    and racism within the 1930s in the Southern U.S.
  • Explain why Harper Lee wrote about these topics.

6
Website 1 The History of Jim Crow
  • http//www.pbs.org/itvs/homecoming/jimcrowpop.html
  • (Click on the link to access the website.)
  • What was Jim Crow?
  • Where did the term Jim Crow originate?
  • What Supreme Court case upheld segregation, or
    separate but equal?
  • What were the consequences of that decision?

7
Website 2 Jim Crow Laws
  • http//www.ferris.edu/news/jimcrow/what.htm
  • Put at least two of these laws into your own
    words.

8
Website 3 The Great Depression
  • http//www.english.illinois.edu/maps/depression/ov
    erview.htm
  • Explain how the Wall Street Crash led to The
    Great Depression.
  • Who were the Presidents during the 1930s?
  • How many people were unemployed in 1933? What
    did they do?

9
Website 4 Sharecroppers
  • http//www.encyclopediaofalabama.org/face/Article.
    jsp?idh-1613
  • What were sharecroppers or tenant farmers?
  • Especially after the Great Depression, what
    problems did sharecroppers have and leave as a
    legacy?
  • What is the difference between cash renters and
    sharecroppers?

10
Website 5 Scottsboro Boys
  • http//law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/FTrials/scot
    tsboro/scottsb.htm
  • Who were the Scottsboro Boys? How did they get
    into so much trouble?
  • Where and when did the Scottsboro Boys original
    trial take place? How do you think this affected
    the outcome of their trial?
  • What does the NAACP acronym stand for? Why did
    the NAACP decide not to help the Scottsboro Boys?
  • The Communist Party came to the aid of the
    Scottsboro Boys. How did the South perceive the
    Communist Party, and how was it similar to the
    perception of blacks? What was the Communist
    Partys hidden agenda in providing aide to the
    Scottsboro Boys?
  • The Scottsboro Boys were not provided with
    adequate defense lawyers. Please list at least
    three ways in which the defense lawyers were
    inadequate.
  • Describe the trials. Were they fair or unfair?
    Please include at least three supporting facts to
    back up your opinion.
  • Were the Scottsboro Boys ever pardoned of their
    convictions?
  • The Scottsboro Boys trial took place during the
    childhood of Harper Lee. Make a prediction about
    how this trial might have an important affect on
    the novel.

11
Website 6 Harper Lee
  • http//neabigread.org/books/mockingbird/mockingbir
    d04.php
  • http//www.biography.com/people/harper-lee-9377021
  • When and where was Harper Lee born? What was her
    family like?
  • Who was her childhood best friend?
  • What did she study in college? Did she
    participate in any extra-curricular activities?
    Why might this be important to consider while
    reading To Kill a Mockingbird?
  • How did her decision to move to New York make To
    Kill a Mockingbird a reality?
  • What year was To Kill a Mockingbird published?
    When was it made into a movie?
  • Was Harper Lee honored in any way following the
    publication of To Kill a Mockingbird?
  • Harper Lees real life influenced many of the
    characters and events in To Kill a Mockingbird.
    Given what you have learned about her life make a
    prediction about what kind of issues might
    surface in the book. Do you think you knowledge
    about Harper Lee will influence your reading
    this book? Should it influence your reading of
    To Kill a Mockingbird? Why or why not?

12
Website 7 Poster Project
  • Using Google Images or similar image search
    program, find pictures that you feel depicts what
    you have learned about the South, the Great
    Depression, the Scottsboro Boys, Harper Lee, and
    any predicted events of the novel. Create a
    poster that displays your pictures with at least
    two facts from each of the websites used during
    this assignment. Your project should be
    decorated in a way that reflects the setting of
    the novel.

13
Grading Rubric for Poster
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CATEGORY 4 3 2 1
Content - Accuracy At least 12 accurate facts are displayed on the poster. 10-11 accurate facts are displayed on the poster. 8-9 accurate facts are displayed on the poster. Less than 6 accurate facts are displayed on the poster.
Attractiveness The poster is exceptionally attractive in terms of design, layout, and neatness. The poster is attractive in terms of design, layout and neatness. The poster is acceptably attractive though it may be a bit messy. The poster is distractingly messy or very poorly designed. It is not attractive.
Graphics - Originality Several of the graphics used on the poster reflect a exceptional degree of student creativity in their creation and/or display. One or two of the graphics used on the poster reflect student creativity in their creation and/or display. The graphics are made by the student, but are based on the designs or ideas of others. No graphics made by the student are included.
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