To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is one of the most cherished and widely taught novels in high schools. Students, unfortunately, lose so much of the rich depth to the book because they do not have the essential background knowledge of the historical elements of the book. Topics such as the Stock Market Crash, the Dust Bowl, the Great Depression, racism, JFK’s New Deal, and the perception of mental illness during the 1920s-1930s require some background information to truly understand what the characters of Lee’s novel endured. This project starts with an introduction to writing following MLA format. It then walks students through an entire process of researching topics—including how to research using credible sources, choosing a topic from within To Kill a Mockingbird, brainstorming the topic, creating an outline and a rough draft essay, peer editing a rough draft with a checklist, and completing a final 5-paragraph essay. This packet comes with a quick reference MLA citation guide. Additionally, there is a grading rubric included in this handout for both the students and teacher to reference.