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To Kill a Mockingbird WebQuest: Harper Lee, Conspiracy Theories, and Censorship
Go to http://www.neabigread.org/books/mockingbird/readers02.php Read the article and answer the following questions: How many plots are in this novel? What does the first plot revolve around? The second? What are two of the broad themes of To Kill a Mockingbird What line from the book ties the two stories together?
Go to http://tokillamockingbird.com/index.htm. Scroll down to the heading, “Monroeville, Alabama” Read the article and answer the following questions: What decade does the story told in To Kill a Mockingbird take place in? Who is the character of Dill based on?
Go to http://www.neabigread.org/books/mockingbird/mockingbird03.php Read the article and answer the following questions: List an important event that occurred in the 1930s. 1940s. 1950s Early 1960s Mid 1960s
How many novels did Harper Lee write during her lifetime? List 5 things you learned in the section, “Historical Context: The Jim Crow South.”
Go to http://library.thinkquest.org/12111/SG/SG5.html#author What were the Scottsboro Trials? Copy down the chart that shows the similarities between the Tom Robinson trial in To Kill a Mockingbird. Copy down the chart that shows the similarities between Scout Finch and Harper Lee.
Go to http://www.neabigread.org/books/mockingbird/mockingbird04.php Scroll down to the section titled, “The Friendship of Harper Lee and Truman Capote” Answer the following questions: What was Capote and Lee’s friendship like early on? Later in life after they had both become successful authors? What rumor did Capote do little to disprove?
Go to http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5244492 Read the transcript and answer the following questions: What new evidence put an end to the rumor that To Kill a Mockingbird was actually written by Truman Capote? How did Truman Capote react to Harper Lee’s success?
Go to http://www.nytimes.com/2006/01/30/books/30lee.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1 Read the two page article and answer the following questions: What kind of life does Harper Lee live now? What is one of the few events that she agrees to make appearances at?
Go to the website: http://gilc.org/speech/osistudy/censorship/ What is the definition of censorship? Go to the website: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,924691,00.html Read the essay on censorship. List 5 things you didn’t know before about censorship and books being banned in schools.