Primary Document research to go with Mississippi Trial, 1955.
This document is to be used with the FBI's released court transcripts of the 2004 Emmett Till murder investigation. Website address is included on the document. When I taught the lesson, I gave each group their section of the transcripts in print, but it could also be done with laptops to minimize paper use.
Students look at the background section of the transcripts and evaluate them in groups. Each section is 2-3 pages. Groups then must present their findings to the class, so that the class can gain a comprehensive understanding of the time period in which Crowe's book takes place, as well as the details surrounding Till's death.
I introduced this lesson after students learned of Till's murder in chapter 10. Students took two days from reading to do this project. The conversations generated were amazing!
Aligns with Common Core's expectation of reading nonfiction and supplemental texts to draw conclusions.
Rubric for grading included and can be adjusted.