A WebQuest for 9th Grade English
Mrs. Kurucz


In this classic novel, Scout narrates the story of her youth growing up in Maycomb, Alabama. The situations in this novel will make you laugh, gasp in disbelief, feel outraged, and even question your own society.

Before we begin reading this novel, it is important for you to understand the life and time of the South during the 1930's. This was a time when racism and prejudice were prevalent; poverty was rampant due to the Great Depression; and children were not meant to be heard. Life was hard.

In order to show you these life and times, you are to follow the task and steps below.


To submit a Viewer's Literacy Guide answering questions while working through the web sites below.



1. Using the selected Web sites, view and read about life in the South during the Great Depression. The Viewer's Literacy Guide will direct you on what to view.

Growing Up White during the 1930's

Growing Up Black during the 1930's

Photographs Enforcing Racial Discrimination

Explanation of Jim Crow Laws

Examples of Jim Crow Laws

Murder of Emmett Till

FSA-OWA Photographs

Photographs of Greensboro, Alabama

Photographs of Selma, Alabama

Photographs of Eutaw, Alabama

Photo by Esther Bubley


2. Follow the steps and complete the Viewer's Literacy Guide . Print out this guide, complete it, and submit it to me. The guide tells you what sites to look at and when. Please read each piece carefully.



1. Viewer's Literacy Guide -- make sure this is detailed and in complete sentences.



These activities were designed to help you:

  • to identify elements of living during the Great Depression
  • to determine what life was like in the South during the 1930's
  • to examine prejudice, stereotypes, and racism within society
  • to question our treatment of others


This site is an informational site for students reading and writing about TKAM. Watch out for some of the sections -- they are student responses and may not be completely accurate. Also some of the additional links to this link may not work.


This site contains some memorable quotations from the novel.

This site gives some general definitions of terms from the novel as well as links as to how they apply to the novel. It's important to click on the links at the bottom of most pages in order to find the needed information.

This site contains activities for scripts and storyboards. You might use it to locate pages of events in the novel for characters, setting, or themes.

This site is general background information. Some of the links within the text work; some do not.

This site accounts the Scottsboro trial, upon which the trial of Tom Robinson is based. Many comparisons can be made between the two.

This site contains many links to the information on the American South; it is not TKAM specific, but you may enjoy it for background reading.

Another school site about the novel -- scroll to the Resources section, which contains a number of extension sites.

This site lists prices for items during the Great Depression.

This site provides biography information of the novel's author, Harper Lee.

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