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									The Scottsboro Trials Web Quest
Essential Question

Harper Lee, author of classic novel To Kill A Mockingbird, is well-known for her book, but not
for granting interviews. Very few people have encountered Lee (who still lives in the South)
speaking to the media. Harper Lee is almost as well known for being a shy, reclusive author as
she is for the creation of the classic novel To Kill A Mockingbird. Very few interviews of Lee
have been conducted, and she chooses to remain living anonymously in her hometown.

Imagine what it would be like to be recognized as one of America's best authors. Would you
want to be famous, or would you choose to seclude yourself like Lee? What are her reasons for
being so elusive? How did she devise the characters and plot for her book, and did she ever
imagine it would be as renowned as it is today?


Objective

The learner will gain a greater knowledge and appreciation for author Harper Lee, the era her
novel takes place in, the societal standards in place during her lifetime, and the lives of her
characters.

Task

In this Web Quest you will research about the Scottsboro Trials by searching for the answers to
the following questions:

1. List the dates of all of the trials.
2. Explain the outcome of each trial.
3. How many years passed between the initial trials and the end of them?
4. Why would these people be traveling by train?
5. What is hoboing?
6. Why was Virginia Price so eager to charge the black men with rape?
7. The "Scottsboro boys" were defended by many. Which foreign countries protested there
sentences? Why?
8. What was legally unusual about the youngest defendant's case?
9. How is Judge Horton different than the previous judges?
10. What were the "Scottsboro Boys" really guilty of?

Your task is to answer these questions to find out more about the Scottsboro Trials. You will
keep track of the answers that you find on a research log and then synthesize this information
into a research conference (information to follow).
Instructions for Research Log

Your research log will begin once you enter a web site. Make sure you keep a detailed log;
otherwise your mission will not be complete.

 1. Write in the post title of each site you visit.
 2. Take note of any significant facts you find at each site.
 3. Make sure all 10 questions are answered thoroughly.

Resources

http://www.jimcrowhistory.org/scripts/jimcrow/glossary.cgi?searchtype=term&term=Scott
sboro%20case

http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/FTrials/scottsboro/scottsb.htm

http://www.afroam.org/history/scott/scotts.html
Navigate to Report on the Scottsboro, Alabama case

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/scottsboro/timeline/index.html

http://www.sanmarcos.net/ana/Class/Eng2/Scottsboro10th.html

http://www.afroam.org/history/scott/young.html

								
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