JOURNEY TO THE PAST. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. SCAVENGER HUNT. Introduction. Hi! I’m Scout and I’m the narrator of a book you’re about to read called To Kill a Mockingbird .
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
Hi! I’m Scout and I’m the narrator of a book you’re about to read called To Kill a Mockingbird.
I’m six years old when the novel begins and I grow up A LOT during the novel. I lived during a period of time called the Great Depression. Do you know anything about that time period in American history? If not, you’re about to find out! This Scavenger Hunt will help you to see what life was like for a young person like me growing up in America in the 1930s.
You see, I figure that the only way you’ll be able to understand the stories I’m about to tell about Boo and Tom Robinson, is if you begin by knowing the setting of To Kill a Mockingbird. That is, you have to start by understanding the time and place in which I lived.
What do you think it would be like to grow up in the South during the 1930’s? Scout’s father, Atticus, says that, “You never really know a person until you walk in his shoes.” In other words, for us to understand other people and the choices they make, we must walk in their shoes, and face the same situations and problems they do.
In this scavenger hunt, you will be transported back in time to the 1930s. Your neighborhood, home, school, daily activities, clothes, and social life are completely different from anything you are familiar with in 2010. Use the following sources to answer the scavenger hunt questions. Write your answers (in complete sentences) in the “NOTES” part of your notebook. Be sure to number them!
1. What were the popular forms of entertainment during this era?
2. What issue dominated politics in the 1930s?
3. Who were the presidents in the 30s and how are they remembered?
4. In what ways did the Depression impact schools and education?
5. Why didn’t clothing styles change much during this time? What were men’s clothes like? Women’s?
6. How did women’s lives change at this time? What kinds of jobs did they perform?
7. What was radio’s function to the American public at this time? Why did they listen? http://www.mcps.k12.md.us/schools/wjhs/mediactr/englishpathfinder/1930_tkm/#people
8. How much did a sweater cost? How much would a similar item cost now?
9. How much did an electric washing machine cost then? Now?
10. What was life like in the South for whites?
11. What was life like in the South for blacks?
12. How did life for African Americans then differ from their lives today? List three comparisons from then to now.
13. What is the Ku Klux Klan?
14. What type of people belonged to the Klan?
(When you arrive at this online encyclopedia, you must type “Ku Klux Klan” in the search box for information on this topic.)
15. What is lynching?
16. What types of offenses could cause this type of punishment?
18. What are Jim Crow laws, and how did they affect the public at the time?
19. Where was Harper Lee (the female author of the novel) born?
20. What is Harper Lee’s real (full) name?
21. In what ways does the novel coincide with or resemble her life?
22. What is her hometown like?
23. When was To Kill a Mockingbird first published?
24. In what year did To Kill a Mockingbird win the Pulitzer Prize?