How does one discover context? Context is discovered through looking at what we know about the situation and asking questions about what we know. Early 1930's America was facing a deep depression. Many families were faced with poverty and all of the challenges that go with it. We also know that Alabama was a slave state, and fought to keep slaves. But due to the Emancipation Proclamation and The 13 Amendment, slaves were freed in these southern slave states. This led to many negative outcomes, such as the Jim Crow Laws that deemed segregation appropriate. How does all of this relate to a small rural town in Alabama? This is where the questions and research comes to our rescue.
Students are working on reading and annotating documents and articles, they are practicing how to ask and write analytical questions, and how to research these questions.
As we continue to discover the context of the novel, students will continue to investigate history.
Happy questioning and researching!