This assignment is a great way to cover a lot of historical context in a short period of time, while also giving students a chance to work on their research skills. Students are asked to research a topic relevant to the text they are getting ready to study. They evaluate the quality of their sources and prepare a short presentation for the class on their topic.
This project was original developed to accompany a unit on To Kill A Mockingbird, but is easily adaptable to any text.
The assignment refers to a "Website Evaluation Sheet" feel free to use any that you like but this is the one that I used available free on the web (http://library.acphs.edu/PDFs/Website%20Evaluation%20Checklist.pdf)