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English: To Kill a Mockingbird Research: 8: Capital Punishment

8: Task

The History of the Use of Capital Punishment/Death Penalty in the United States

Directions: Use this note sheet to record your research findings on the following questions:

  • For what cases was the death penalty initially used in colonial United States? Was it ever outlawed nationally? Why?

  • What states currently use the death penalty, and what crimes are worthy of the death penalty in those states?

  • Has the death penalty been disproportionately used between blacks and whites? Explain the disproportionality and factors that may explain it.


After researching and taking detailed notes independently, you and your classmates with the same topic will collaborate to create a script and video that highlights your research findings. Plan out your video script using this script organizerNote: Only one member of your group will need to make a copy of this. They will share their copy with all group members.

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