To Kill a Mockingbird cannot be read in isolation. To understand it, students must fully understand the author and the time period in which it was written. Therefore, all avenues need discussion before students read.
This webquest/newspaper/prereading activity helps students to understand the novel before they begin reading. For each page of a publisher document, students are directed to research such topics as biographical information, Jim Crow laws, growing up in the era, and the novel itself.
Each 'page' of the newspaper is broken down into article topics and a check sheet for students is at the end. This does include a rubric for grading.