Scottsboro TrialsWhat 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...

Scottsboro Trials

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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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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There are several documentaries you can use. I found some on YouTube the last time I taught the book. Often you cannot afford documentaries, so I understand that. You can look on the History Channel and Discovery Channel's web sites. They have good lessons and videos.
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vangoghfan | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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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:

https://www.google.com/#sclient=psy-ab&hl=en&source=hp&q=scottsboro+trials+and+to+kill+a+mockingbird&pbx=1&oq=scottsboro+trials+and+&aq=1&aqi=g2g-v2&aql=&gs_sm=c&gs_upl=358l7992l0l10686l28l18l3l7l8l0l175l2360l0.18l27l0&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.,cf.osb&fp=550374fd478a51e0&biw=1366&bih=641

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lffinj | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

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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.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/scottsboro/sfeature/index.html

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