To Kill A Mockingbird Web Quest 1

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WebQuest to learn about the history, controversy, and author of To Kill a Mockingbird.

WebQuest to learn about the history, controversy, and author of To Kill a Mockingbird.

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  • 1. To Kill a Mockingbird
    WebQuest: Harper Lee, Conspiracy Theories, and Censorship
  • 2. 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?
  • 3. 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?
  • 4. 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
  • 5. How many novels did Harper Lee write during her lifetime?
    List 5 things you learned in the section, “Historical Context: The Jim Crow South.”
  • 6. 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.
  • 7. 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?
  • 8. 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?
  • 9. 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?
  • 10. 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.