To Kill A Mockingbird Group Research Project

In groups of four – five, you will research an assigned topic, design a lesson for the class, and create supplementary materials to assist you with your lesson. Essentially, you are the teacher, and your peers are your students.

Step 1: Research Requirements

Good teachers are expected to be experts in their subject, but they had to do a LOT of studying in order to become experts. Before you can hope to teach the rest of the class about your assigned topic, you must complete thorough research.

Individual Research

  • Each member must have a minimum of two internet sources. You may NOT use the same internet source as another member of your group.
  • Each member must have at least one book source. You may NOT use the same book source as another member of your group.
  • Each member must have their own personal bibliography with the three sources listed in the proper format. Use EasyBib to create your bibliography.

Step 2: Lesson Planning – Instruction Outline

The key to a strong, effective lesson is planning, planning, and more planning. Make sure you cover all of your bases by following the basic lesson outline below:

  1. Instruction: 8-15 minutes: How will you get the information across to your students? You may decide to design your presentation using a computer program or iPad app such as PhotoStory, Prezi, PowerPoint, iMovie, ThingLink, Powtoon, or anything else you can think of. *Note: Don’t try to teach your lesson in front of the class without some sort of presentation to go with it. Usually, nerves get in the way and the presentation isn’t as strong as it would be if it were pre-recorded or guided by a PowerPoint or Prezi presentation.
  2. Practice: 5-10 minutes: Simply giving your students the information isn’t enough. In order for them to remember the information you taught them, they have to use it somehow. What kind of short assignment can you give them immediately after your presentation?
  3. Assessment: 10 question quiz: After teaching your lesson and giving the students the opportunity to practice using their new knowledge, you need make sure they understand what you taught them. Create a 10 question quiz on the most important information for your students to learn.

Step 3: Lesson Planning – Engaging Materials for Instruction

If you want to have a strong lesson, you will need to provide your students with supplementary materials to help them absorb the information you’re trying to teach them. Refer to the list of possible supplementary sources below:

  • Maps
  • Timelines
  • Outlines for notes
  • Pictures
  • Socrative
  • NearPod
  • Short video clips from expert sources (no more than two minutes in length)
  • Writing important names, dates, and details on the board
  • Anything else you might think of

You must have a minimum of three engaging materials for the students for your lesson. If you need copies for the entire class, see me three days before your lesson. Do not come to me for copies on the day of your lesson. Copies take time.

Step 4: Lesson Planning – Practice Assignments

Before you give a quiz, it is important to give your students the opportunity to practice using their new knowledge. That is why teachers give homework assignments: to give you the chance to practice and deepen understanding before a test. Refer to the list of possible practice assignments below:

  • Worksheets with a variety of questions, such as:
    • Fill in the blank
    • Matching
    • Multiple Choice
    • Short Answer
  • Reflections
    • Make sure you have a strong prompt! Good reflection prompts are almost always level three questions.
  • Adding important events to a timeline
    • Have the dates already filled out, and have the students use their notes to match important events to the dates
  • Trivia Games
  • Video Review/Quiz

You must have one assignment to give the students after your lesson. Again, if you need copies for the entire class, see me three days before your lesson. Do not come to me for copies on the day of your lesson. Copies take time.

Step 5: Lesson Planning – Quiz and Grade

Finally, you will need to create a short, 10-question quiz to give the students at the end of your lesson.

  • Design a 10-question quiz that only tests students on the material from your lesson.
  • The questions should be about the most important points of your lesson, not on minor, insignificant details.
  • You and your group members will grade the quiz once it is returned to you.

Groups 1-3 will present on Monday, April 6th, and groups 4-6 will present on Wednesday, April 8th. 

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