What is a good material to use when trying to teach students about the Scottsboro Trials as a prelude to the novel To Kill a Mockingbird? I've been trying to create my own and I am getting stuck.
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Try using the attached link for PBS. It includes a number of different ideas you might use, including a timeline and audio of people from the trial. There is information pertaining to the individuals (both men and women) on trial, as well as a teacher's guide.
The trials certainly do seem relevant to To Kill a Mockingbird, if only because both the trials and the novel were set in Alabama. Surely the Scottsboro case would have been on the mind of Harper Lee when she was a young woman and also when she later came to write her novel. You may want to take a look at some of the links listed here:
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