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To Kill a Mockingbird 1930s Research Project. English 1 Honors. Choose a Topic. Small-town life in the South during the 1930s Jim Crow Laws The Ku Klux Klan The Scottsboro Trial President FDR Black Tuesday Civilian Conversation Corps Works Progress Administration The Dust Bowl.

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To Kill a Mockingbird1930s Research Project

English 1 Honors

Choose a Topic

Small-town life in the South during the 1930s

Jim Crow Laws

The Ku Klux Klan

The Scottsboro Trial

President FDR

Black Tuesday

Civilian Conversation Corps

Works Progress Administration

The Dust Bowl

Research the Topic

  • You must use AT LEAST three sources

    • One source MUST be a print source – book, magazine, newspaper, etc.

    • One source MUST be from an online database

    • The third source can be any type of source

    • Wikipedia is NOT a reliable source – do not argue about this – you will get no credit for the research portion of this project if you use Wikipedia


Create a tri-fold pamphlet that presents info on your topic

Present the highlights of your topic

Connect your topic to themes present in the novel

Make sure you follow the rubric


Create a Works Cited Page

This is a list of all the sources you used to help with the project

Any clip art or photos that you find online MUST be cited as well

Include in-text citations in the text of the pamphlet – this step is to give credit to the people or organizations that gave you the info that you used in your project

Why use MLA?

  • give you specific guidelines for documenting the sources that you use

  • most college programs will want you to use MLA or something similar

  • being able to use MLA makes you a more credible writer and protects you from PLAGIARISM

    • PLAGIARISM = purposeful or ACCIDENTAL uncredited use of source material by other writers (what that really means is intentionally or UNINTENTIONALLY copying someone else’s work and passing it off as your own

    • PLAGIARISM in high school can get you a zero on the assignment and a discipline referral

    • PLAGIARISM in college can get you a zero on the assignment, possibly an F in the class, or even dismissal from school (YES, they may even kick you out!)

Guidelines for Gathering Research

  • Start a NEW sheet of notes for every NEW book, article, or website that you use

  • If there are pages, write down the page number where you found each piece of information you write down

  • At the top of each sheet of notes, you need to write down the citation for that particular book, article, or website.

    • What is a citation?? It is a listing of a source that was written by someone else that you used in your paper.

    • Why the !@#$ do I have to do this? MLA guidelines require it, Ms. Stevens requires it, and it protects you from being accused of stealing someone else’s work (PLAGIARISM).

    • Why the !@#$ do I have to do this NOW? You may not be able to find this source again 2 months from now when you are writing your final draft and creating a works cited page (a WHAT?!?), so if you do it NOW, while the book, article, or website is right in front of you, you won’t have to worry about it again in the future.

The Easiest Way to Create a Citation

Have the book, article, or website in front of you (DUH!)

Go to a citation-building website

Some websites will allow you to copy and paste the website address or enter the ISBN (the # on your book) and can automatically create it for you; do that, or enter the information in the boxes it provides for you

When you have finished entering info in all the boxes (MAKE SURE TO CAPITALIZE THINGS LIKE A NORMAL HUMAN BEING, PLEASE!), click on “create citation”

Copy the citation down WORD FOR WORD.

The Works Cited Page

The entire page should be double-spaced

Center the title and title it: Works Cited

List the citations in alphabetical order based on the first thing listed in each citation

Every line but the first line of each citation should be indented (this is called the hanging indent – super easy to format)

In-Text Citations

  • Once you start putting together your pamphlet and writing the text that will appear on it, you need to give props to the people who gave you the info that you used in the project

  • When you write a group of text that came from a certain source, just give a shout-out at the end of that text to that source

    • Example:

      Atticus explains to Jem that courage is not a man with a gun in his hand. Courage is taking on something that seems impossible to defeat (Lee 93).

Example Pamphlet and Works Cited Page

Example Pamphlet

Example Works Cited Page

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