Once in your teams, you will decide amongst yourselves which journalist is assigned which story. Each of you will become historical experts on an event directly related to Harper Lee's novel, To Kill a Mockingbird: Jim Crow Laws, the Scottsboro Boys, Emmett Till, and the Desegregation of Central High School in Little Rock. You will investigate multiple leads, synthesize the information you obtain, and compose a news article providing full coverage of the event.
Once you complete your first assignment, you will receive your next big story. This time, you will be investigating a more current event: the Black Lives Matter Movement, Native American discrimination (Standing Rock), the situation in Syria, and the genocide in Burma. Again, you will follow all your leads and compose an article providing complete coverage of the event.
You and your team will compile all your news pieces together in a single presentation that must include photographs and/or video. You will present your compilation to a panel of judges to determine whether or not you will receive publication.
The essential question we are looking to answer is how Harper Lee's novel is still relevant to us today.