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Hasan Pre-AP 9th Grade English Research Paper

You will be researching the 1930s decade in relationship to the novel, To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

To Kill a Mockingbird

Research Project

Hasan/Pre-AP English 9

Welcome to the world of Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird. You are living in the 1930’s. Your home, neighborhood, school, activities, clothes, and social interactions are vastly different than anything you are familiar with in the 2000’s. This research project will take you back in time to learn what your life is like as a young person growing up in the 30’s. Using what you learn through your research, you will write FOUR pen pal letters to someone living in 2025. Your letters will be written in Google Slides and should contain at least one, but not more than three graphics/pictures per slide. All sources used must be cited on a separate slide, entitled “Works Cited” (without the quotation marks) at the end of your presentation (that means you will have a total of FIVE slides).

Before you begin your research, consider the sex, race, and age of the “character” that you will become as you write these letters. You will need to decide on a name for your character, as well. Also, decide who you are going to address your letter to. You might consider writing to a friend, family member, or even to a teacher.

Each letter will focus on the following four aspects of your life:

Letter #1:

Describe your home and neighborhood in detail. Include lots of specific and interesting information so that the reader of your letter can visualize your environment.

Letter #2:

Tell about your family. What types of activities do you enjoy as a family? What is your standard of living? How do your parents make a living?

Letter #3:

Tell about your school and your friends. Describe your school, classes, and teachers. Who are your friends, and what are some activities you enjoy doing together?

Letter #4:

Describe what’s going on in the world around you. What’s happening in the nation politically and economically? Tell about popular fashions, music, radio programs, and other interesting facts.

November 16/17--Mrs. Schatz and Mrs. Hasan will discuss the project in class.  Set up an EasyBib project and begin adding sources to the bibliography. The name of the Project will be "Last Name, First Name Block/Period, Research"
November 23/24--You must have 10/TEN sources in your bibliography project folder in EasyBib.  These 10 sources should be at least 2 books, 4 websites you find via a search engine, and 4 articles found in databases. 
December--Evaluate your sources and then begin taking notes. Use the following sheet to evaluate TWO of your sources. On a separate sheet of paper, answer ALL questions THOROUGHLY!
January--Continue taking notes and complete final project

Hasan Sources and EasyBib how-to