I used this activity in a novel study unit for grade 9 students. We were studying Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird" and I felt it was important for students to have some background information on the time period that set the context for the novel. I booked a computer lab and gave students the following instructions:
It is the year 1930 and you currently live in a small town named Maycomb County, located in the Southern state of Alabama. You have been hired by a film crew who would like to make a documentary called 'Background to Hatred' about what society is like in this time. They are interested in the Great Depression, the Jim Crow Laws, the Ku Klux Klan and daily life in the 1930s. They have forwarded you a few questions they would like you to answer that will form the basis of the film.
Students were then given a handout with a series of 10 questions they were responsible for finding the answers to online. I also provided students with a list of websites they could search to find the information.
Included in this product is the instruction sheet (including the websites) and the worksheet with the 10 questions.