To Kill A Mockingbird Prereading Webquest

Introduction

After the holiday break, we will be reading the novel To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. As a precursor to this reading, you will need to complete the webquest to develop your background knowledge of the time period and some of the issues addressed in the novel. Please follow the directions carefully and be sure to share your Google Doc. with me (cunningl@fcpsk12.net).

Before you begin, you MUST go to your Google Drive and create a Google Doc titled: YOUR NAME To Kill A Mockingbird WEBQUEST and immediately share the document with me. 

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Task

Your Task

 

This WebQuest will introduce you to the time period in which To Kill A Mockingbird is set. Hardship and tensions were on the rise across the United States and this gave fuel to significant social injustices and inequalities for many people.  

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Follow the directions to travel through The Great Depression and The Scottsboro Trials to understand the turmoil that faced many Americans during this time period. 

You will have most of the class period today to complete your WebQuest

Process

Process to Complete the Assignment:

You will be visiting a few different websites and  answering questions for each step of your WEBQUEST. On your Google Doc. please label each section according to the title of the section and then answer the required questions in complete sentences.

 

Section 1: A Picture Says A Thousand Words 

  Visit the link below to carefully study the photo and write down your responses to the questions below:

                     1. What do you think you would feel like if you saw this sign on your way to school this morning?

                     2 . How do you think other people feel about the photo? 

                     3. Do you think the photo is an example of racial discrimination?  Why/Why not?

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/freedomriders/issues/jim-crow-laws

 

Section 2 :  What's Going On?

Visit each of the links below and read the articles. After reading ALL of the articles, choose ONE of the articles to summarize by answering the following questions for one article. 

     a.  Write a summary about the article.

                      What s the title of the article you read? Who wrote it?

                      What is the event you read about?

                      When did the event occur?

                      Who was involved?

                      Why is this event significant in American history?

              

The Great Depression: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/dustbowl-great-depression/

The Stock Market Crash: https://www.history.com/topics/great-depression/1929-stock-market-crash

The Dust Bowl: https://www.history.com/topics/great-depression/dust-bowl

The Civilian Conservation Corps: https://www.history.com/topics/great-depression/civilian-conservation-corps

 

Section 3: The Scottsboro Trials 

After visiting the link below, complete the three assigned tasks

http://www.famous-trials.com/scottsboroboys/1563-firsttrial  

       1.  Please review the "History of the Case"  section. Write a brief summary in your own words. 

       2.  Please read the "April, 1931 Trial " and write a brief summary in your own words.

       3.  Please read the "Why Two Girls Made the Change" and write a brief summary in your own words.

 

Section 4: Musical Madness

       1.  Please watch and listen to the "Scenes from "The Scottsboro Boys."  

       2.  Write your reaction to the musical by answering the following questions.

                Why do you think they presented the way they did?

                 Were you surprised? Why or why not?  

                 Do you believe this is an effective way to educate people about the trial? Why or why not?

 

 

Evaluation

Evaluation

 

This is how your work will be evaluated.

 

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Developing
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Qualified
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Exemplary
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Score

 

 

Organization Information appears to be disorganized and paragraphs are not well constructed Information is somewhat organized but paragraphs are not well constructed Information is somewhat organized and paragraphs are somewhat well constructed Information is very organized with well constructed paragraphs  
Amount of information One or more topics were not addressed All topics are addressed, and most questions answered with 1 sentence about each All topics are addressed and most questions answered with at least 2 sentences about each All topics are addressed and all questions answered with at least 2 sentences about each  
Mechanics Many grammatical, spelling, or punctuation errors A few grammatical spelling, or punctuation errors Almost no grammatical, spelling or punctuation errors No grammatical, spelling or punctuation errors  
Illustrations Illustrations are not accurate and do not add to the reader's understanding of the topic Illustrations are not accurate or do not add to the reader's understanding of the topic Illustrations are accurate and add to the  readers understanding of the topic Illustrations are neat, accurate and add to the readers understanding of the topic  
Identifies Important Information Student does not discuss any main points Students discuss 1-3 main points Students discuss 4-5 main points Student discusses all the main points  
Presentation Delivery not smooth and audience attention often lost Delivery not smooth, but able to maintain interest of the audience most of the time Rehearsed with fairly smooth delivery that holds audience attention most of the time Well rehearsed with smooth delivery that holds audience attention

Conclusion

I hope you have learned about the time period in which To Kill A Mockingbird takes place.  After the holiday break, we will begin reading the novel.