To Kill a Mockingbird

Historical Connection to the Setting



Glogster Presentations

Woodruff:     Period 2      Period 8
Wheatley:    Period 3       Period 5      Period 6 





Students will be able to research and present historical information about the time period during which To Kill a Mockingbird was set and written.



Depending on the class, you will be researching one of the following topics:

    1. The Great Depression of the 1930s and its Impact on the South 
    2. Jim Crow Laws: What They Were and Why They Were Enacted 
    3. The Scottsboro Boys Trials 
    4. The Ku Klux Klan 
    5. Chivalry and the Idea of Southern Womanhood 
    6. The Birmingham Bus Boycott 
    7. The Supreme Court Decision: Brown vs. the Board of Education and its Impact in the South 
    8. Resistance to Change: The White Citizens Councils 
    9. African American Churches in the 1930s 
    10. Popular Culture in the 1930s: Radio and the Movies 
    11. The Role of the African American Serviceman in World War II and the Pressure for Civil Rights 
    12. The Poll Tax and Voting Rights 
    13. Miscegenation Laws: What They Were and When They Were Stricken Down 
    14. The Role of the African American Woman in the Southern White Household 
    15. Issues related to Prohibition (Bootlegging, making homemade whiskey, etc.) 


  1. Students will be working in groups to complete this project.
  2. Consult at least five (5) different sources (at least one book, at least one internet source).
  3. Create a bibliography of your citations.
  4. Select the most important information from your notes and develop your presentation.
  5. Your group will give an 8-10 minute presentation to the class using Glogster.
  6. Meet with your group to practice your presentation.


  • When researching at home using the MCPS Online Services, you will need to access usernames/passwords from your Edline account (in the Media Center folder).  MCPS Online Services are marked with an asterisk (*).
  • Most of the articles from MCPS Online Services have MLA citations already created at the bottom of the webpage.  Feel free to copy/paste the citations into a text file (ex. Word) as you compile your bibliography.


Documents:    Project Instructions / Citation Template /Works Cited Sample 


Online Resources



Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL)* - reference materials in e-book format.  Use the search bar at the top to search your topic.

OS ABC-CLIO US History  

ABC-CLIO - American History*

OS ABC-CLIO Government  

ABC-CLIO American Government*

 OS ABC-CLIO Religions  

ABC-CLIO World Religions*
 OS Brit Academic Ed   Britannica Online* - general reference with in-depth articles, images and graphics on a variety of subjects.general reference
 OS SIRS Decades   SIRS Decades* - US History by decade.  Features primary and secondary source articles that highlight key events, movements, people, and places in 20th-century America.
 OS SIRS Know Source   SIRS Knowledge Source* - Searches reference materials, magazines, newpapers and other resesarch materials.
 OS USH in Context   US History in Context* - A collection of primary and secondary resources to support the study of United States. Provides a complete overview of U.S. history covering the most-
studied events, issues and current information.
 OS WorldBook   WorldBook Online* - general reference with in-depth articles, images and graphics on a variety of subjects.
 OS Hist Ref Ctr   History Reference Center* - This database includes reference books and encyclopedias, historical documents, biographies, images and historical maps.
OS Hist Newspapers   Historical Newspapers* - Primary source historical newspapers from the New York Times from 1851 through 2005.
Infoplease   Infoplease - search through almanacs, encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases, and a variety of other resources.
 Pirate Monkey 

Miscellaneous Websites:

What was Jim Crow? 

American Cultural History 

Growing up Black/White in 1930s South - two interviews




Print Resources

Word Document Growing Up in the 1930s 
REF 031 World Book Encyclopedia, Britannica
320s Civil and Political Rights
813 To Kill a Mockingbird
973s Decades
REF 973s Decades

Created by: Stephanie Schwinn, October 29, 2011

Updated: April 2, 2013