This project can be completed as a class, in groups, or by students working individually either before or after reading the story. Students could complete this scavenger hunt in the school library or online. The objective is to promote active learning by having students research and learn about the various historical figures and events in the story on their own rather than simply lecturing them on the story's contents, as the story is rich in historical references. As students work through the story, they will "hunt" and "find" the following:
1. Major and Minor Characters
2. Historical events mentioned in the story
3. Terms that need to be defined (mostly historical and legal)
This scavenger hunt is meant to be and was used as a differentiated instruction tool. In my classroom, students were taken either to the library or the computer lab and split into groups based on either learning style or instructional level. The students worked in groups to "find" the information that they needed to know to fully understand the story and its context and references. I personally preferred to take my students to the library because they learned important research skills in addition to the history the story and I intended to teach them. My students always enjoyed this activity, and they learned much more from it than from any attempt I might make to lecture on it.