The story of the Scottsboro Boys is a heart-wrenching tales of a miscarriage of American justice. This webquest is great to use with students when studying American race relations or the Civil Rights Movement in history class. It is also perfect to help give your students historical context for novels such as To Kill a Mockingbird.
In this webquest, students will build background knowledge about the Scottsboro Boys' case and its legacies. Then they will analyze primary sources related to the case, including a photograph and several poem excerpts by Langston Hughes (scaffolding provided). Finally, they will apply all this knowledge to compose a letter to the Scottsboro Boys about the change and continuity in racism in America since the 1930s.
This resource includes both a student webquest form and an answer key.