Inherit the Wind Webquest


Thomas Santacapita, English Teacher
Michael Harrison, Librarian
Lynbrook High School

Introduction

Although Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee state in the preface to their play, Inherit the Wind, that it is not meant to be a historical account of the 1925 Scope’s “Monkey Trial,” most of the published writing generated from the play’s production is historical analyses pertaining to the authors’ interpretation of the trial and their accuracy, or inaccuracy, in representing it as history. Inherit the Wind is not a drama depicting the details of the 1925 trial that tested the constitutionality of a law prohibiting the teaching of evolution in public schools. It is a play about man’s inherent right to think and the public’s acceptance of man’s right to profess his thoughts.

To better enjoy our exploration into the analysis of the text, we need to understand some of the issues that may have affected Lawrence and Lee when they wrote Inherit the Wind.

What are some of the moral, historical, social, and political issues that will affect our interpretation of the work?

The Task/Process

* The class will be divided into groups of 3, 4 or 5 depending on class size.

* Time will be scheduled, if possible, in the library or the computer lab.

* Review of the card catalogue and the Citation page will be provided.

* The class will also discuss how to evaluate the integrity of a website.

* Each group must prepare a five-minute oral presentation giving pertinent information on their assigned topic. This presentation should include a PowerPoint presentation with at least six slides (36 point minimum with no distracting backgrounds). Submit a copy of the ppt. presentation no later than one day before the presentation is scheduled.

* Each group must submit a “Works Cited” page, to include an alphabetical listing of sources used, including at least one non-Internet source.

Directions for the Inherit the Wind Project

Evaluation

Presentations will be graded on thoroughness (within the five minute limit) and accuracy. Click here for evaluation form
The power point slides should be clear and should highlight major points of the presentation.
Each group should submit a “Works Cited” page and a copy of the power point slides at least one day ahead of the presentation.
Each group member must speak during the presentation, with attention to volume, rate, eye contact, pronunciation, enunciation and energy

 

Inherit the Wind (play)
by
Jerome Lawrence & Robert E. Lee


Ohio State Univ. – Jerome Lawrence & Robert E. Lee
Famous Trials Scopes vs. Tennessee

General Background

Origins
Charles Darwin and the Theory of Evolution

Biography of Charles Robert Darwin
PBS-Evolution topics
Berkeley-Evolution topics
Time Magazine (use search engine)
Facts on File

Username: lynbrook
Password: owls
The Scopes Monkey Trial

“Tennessee vs. John Scopes,” Douglas O. Linder, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law
Questia – The Scopes Trial
PBS-American Experience Monkey Trial
CNN-Doug Lindner

McCarthyism and the “Red Scare”

Arthur Miller and McCarthyism*
Coils of the Cold War*
Congressional Committees and Unfriendly Witnesses*
Facts on File

Username: lynbrook
Password: owls

Creationism and Intelligent Design

creationism.org
Gennet.org
NY Times (use search engine)
Time Magazine (use search engine)
Facts on File

Username: lynbrook
Password: owls


Censorship-Who determines what is taught in the classroom?

Banned Books
NCAC
From the Educators’ Point of View
American Library Association Banned Books
NY Times (use search engine)
Time Magazine (use search engine)
The Role of Women from Post WW1 to Post WW2

Legacy98
Sweetsearch
Facts on File

Username: lynbrook
Password: owls
The controversy of teaching evolution
in the schools today


God and Science
gennet.org
David N. Menton on Evolution
NY Times (use search engine)
Time Magazine(use search engine)

Other Links

Nassau Public Libraries Card Catalog*
Sweetsearch
School Card Catalog
Facts on File

Username: lynbrook
Password: owls

   
EASYBIB.COM..... Click here for works cited form
Directions for the Inherit the Wind Project

 

Conclusion

This shared research should help the class better appreciate and understand Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee’s Inherit the Wind. The line of inquiry underscoring this unit: What are some of the moral, historical, social, and political issues that will affect our interpretation of the work? What parallels can be drawn between the Scopes Monkey Trial of the 1920’s and the “Red Scare” of the 1950’s?
A Webquest by:
Thomas Santacapita, English Teacher
Michael Harrison, Librarian
Lynbrook High School
Lynbrook, NY
2011