Mock Trial Roles
The following are the job descriptions for the mock trial. Be aware that all roles require writing an essay with TBE; however, as the lawyers have more work to do than the other roles, they receive more points (extra credit).
YOUR TASK I: Write me a letter in which you apply for your desired position. Explain why you are the best candidate for the job. Include your past experiences, your personality type, qualifications, work ethic, talents, etc. Please do this for your top three job choices… I will try my best to hire you for your favorite job. Convince me that you deserve the role. Otherwise, one will be assigned to you.
All roles are expected to dress the part on the day of the trial and remain in character. In addition, all positions include an essay of approximately 1000 words, which are underlined and bolded below for your viewing pleasure. Each role will have a portfolio grade and a presentation grade.
§ 1 Judge: To oversee the entire trial and keep order. You must be able to keep the trial moving. Portfolio: Pre-trial Reflection, During, and Justification of Verdict (w/ TBE).
§ 2-3 Prosecution Lawyers: A team effort. You have to make the case to show that Jack was indeed responsible for the deaths on the island. Portfolio: Opening or Closing Statement (w/ TBE) [each lawyer must write one or the other], List of Questions, Personal Reflection.
§ 2-3 Defense Lawyers: A team effort. You have to make the case to show that Jack was indeed innocent of the deaths on the island. Portfolio: Opening or Closing Statement (w/ TBE) [each lawyer must write one or the other], List of Questions, Personal Reflection.
§ 3-5 Jurors: Become a character from the time period and stay in character. Portfolio: Character Sketch, Post-Trial Reflection (w/ TBE).
§ 4 Primary Witnesses/Characters: Jack, Ralph, Simon, Piggy. [Yes, two are “ghosts.”] Remain in character throughout, be well rehearsed. Portfolio: Character sketch (w/TBE) that illustrates how your character helps develop the theme of the novel, Post Trial Reflection: After the Trial.
§ 1 Sketch Artist: Have two “perfect” sketches to give to the journalists to include in the newspaper. One should be of the trial, one may be of a scene from the novel. Portfolio: 2 sketches w/ paragraph explanations, Essay w/ TBE that focuses on the imagery found in the novel and how it enhances the themes of the novel.
§ 1-3 Journalist(s): Team effort. Write 3 articles: news, feature, and an editorial, all with TBE. Take notes in class; create a newspaper for the class. Interview the class characters and the book before, during, and after.
· 1-2 Video/Radio Producer(s): Envision this as the documentary/investigative report. You must have your own equipment w/ parental permission to use in school. You will film/tape the court proceedings and edit the material into a coherent and interesting and audible broadcast; you will also be creating a documentary about how man behaves in this scenario. Portfolio: A proposal with intentions and expectations, essay that covers the anthropologist’s perspective w/ TBE, [see anthropologist essay assignment], video or audio final project presentation.