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In a group of no more than three people, students will select one of the topics at the bottom of this page (a topic may not be repeated within a block).
You will research this topic:
- Discover what it was.
- Note who or what was involved in it.
- Learn its impact and importance to US History.
- Determine how it relates to To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
Once you have completed your research, you will draft a script of a news broadcast about the topic, and record a two-three minute video using WeVideo. The video will be graded as your final product.
In the video, you will
- Summarize your research for the class.
- Present as a newscaster giving the most important facts succinctly and sufficiently.
Research Topic Options
- Jim Crow Laws: History, Guiding Policies, and Impact on African-Americans
- The Ku Klux Klan: History and Methods of Instilling Fear
- Plessy v. Ferguson (Supreme Court Case): Its background and its impact on "Separate but Equal"
- The Stock Market Crash and the Great Depression: The impact on economic prosperity for African-Americans and white Americans in America
- The Dust Bowl: The impact on Economic Prosperity for African-Americans and white Americans
- Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal
- The Rise of Hitler and Nazi Germany: Hitler's rise to power, the formation of the Nazi Party, and the treatment of African-Americans in the United States when compared to the Jews in Germany
- Brown v. Board of Education (Supreme Court Case): Its background and its impact on education rights
- Education of African-Americans in the South after the Civil War and prior to the 1950s (leading up to Brown v. the Board of Education): general history and overview
- Major criminal court procedures and the Sixth Amendment: the Right to Counsel (Atticus defending Tom Robinson) and the Right to a Jury Trial (Right to a Jury of Your Peers)
- The Fairness of Capital Punishment: The Eighth Amendment, the Death Penalty, and "Cruel and Unusual Punishment"
- The Harlem Renaissance: The rebirth of black arts and culture in the North
- Harper Lee's Biography: How her life connects to the story she wrote
- The Role of Women in the 1930s South
- The Pulitzer Prize
- Food in To Kill a Mockingbird: scuppernogs, ambrosia salad, Lane cake, collard green, cracklin' bread, etc.