If you're looking for an alternative to an introductory lecture about the cultural and historical context of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, you've found it.
Broken into four sections with 24 questions total, this scavenger hunt introduces students to the following topics:
Author’s life and background, book’s publication, movie, and awards
The Great Depression and the New Deal
Jim Crow Laws and Civil Rights
Scottsboro Boys’ trials
Each section starts off with several website links that help students answer a series of questions, and each question references the website that includes the answer. All web resources are credible (no Wikipedia pages or blogs), and multi-step questions are also broken into parts to scaffold the assignment.
This activity can be completed in a 50-minute bell plus homework. My favorite part of the scavenger hunt is watching students read past a question's answer; students have so much more appreciation of the book's context when they're in control of their own learning, and this internet search definitely sparks their interest! Enjoy!