At the end of reading and discussing our current novel, we will hold a mock trial. It is important that you develop your role as we continue with the reading. Therefore, take a moment to review the roles and decide who you would like to be. Note that certain roles require a lot more effort, but they are rewarded with more points.
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MOCK TRIAL ROLES
The judge is responsible for keeping order in the court, preventing chaos, and following and enforcing the law.
Portfolio must include:
1. Pretrial Reflection: How do you feel? What is your personal opinion? What do already know about the case? What is your gut reaction [even though you will be just during the trial, you are still human and have thoughts]? (10)
2. Reflection during trial: How's it going? Is it what you expected? How are the witnesses and lawyers behaving? Are you doing your job well? (20)
3. Justification of Verdict: How is your verdict related to the guilt or innocent charge by the jury? Why did you choose it? How did you decide? Use legal jargon. 500 word essay, typed. (40 points)
Points out of 100: ___________
Lawyers (Prosecution and Defense)
The lawyers are responsible to either a) prosecute or b) defend the defendant. Each side will be a small "Dream Team" of lawyers who will divide the duties. The team will be divided into the four major responsibilities. The duties involve: an opening statement, a closing statement, and cross-examination/questioning of the witnesses. Your legal team is a team and must divvy these jobs fairly. This is a collaborative effort: you will hand in one finished portfolio of your work together. Therefore, you need to make sure that you are all working! In addition, you can not make up stuff. All evidence must come from the book, whether to defend or prosecute!
Your team should be divided into the four major responsibilities:
The duties involve: an opening statement, a closing statement, and cross-examination/questioning of the witnesses. Your legal team is a team and must divvy these jobs fairly. This is a collaborative effort: you will hand in one finished portfolio of your work together. Therefore, you need to make sure that you are all working!
Portfolio (One per group including individual reflections):
Points out of 150: __________
Jurors decide the justice. Jurors must be attentive and quiet during the trial, but they will deliberate in front of the class. You should be able to support your decision based on TRIAL events. Jurors are peers to the characters, so you will fabricate a character for yourself. They should be historically accurate.
1. Character Sketch. Who are you? You must create a 200 word (MIN) sketch on who you are, making sure that both lawyer teams have okayed you. (30 points)
2. Pretrial reflection: Make sure that both sides have okayed your character for juror. Write a two page (typed) reflection pretending that you have already broken the rules and read a newspaper or two: you know what the case is about, with what Jack is being charged, and you have already begun to formulate an opinion based ON YOUR CHARACTER. (20 points)
3. Post Reflection: the trial and deliberation Things to consider in this document: ACTION: How well did you work as a group of jurors? Did you rely on the text to clear up situations that were not clarified at the trial? If so, how did the trial change your view of the book? The witnesses? This part of your grade depends on your interactions with the other jurors, and therefore anyone not participating can hurt the grade of the group. Write 200-250 words reflecting your thoughts on the deliberation. Why did you vote the way did? Was this your original thought? If not, why did change? Which case was more convincing? 30 points
The witnesses are characters. You will be given a list of possible characters plus the lawyers may need specialty witnesses. Specialty witness roles will be given to you as extra credit in addition to your main role. You must remain in character throughout the trial and must rely on evidence from the book! You must know your character inside and out as when you are being questioned, you must use information from the novel. However, we will bring characters back from the dead to be able to have a trial. This can be done by video or other imaginative ways.
Did you know your character well? Were you able to answer without hesitation or fumbling for facts? Did you bring props? What makes you stand out form other characters? Did you collaborate well with lawyers? How did you react to cross-examination? Were your oral communications skills favorable? Did you dress the part? Did you remain in character? (30 points)
Points out of 110: _____________
The journalists are important because they keep track of what’s going on and act as real media specialists. You do not make the news, you only report it. You will be responsible for a newspaper to be given out to the class following journalistic writing styles and formats that you will be taught.
You will be given a separate composition notebook to keep accurate and detailed notes of what transpires. How closely did you listen in courtroom? How much do you understand? What unusual events occurred? What did you read between the lines? This should also be continued as a personal journal to be done at home every night. What do you really think of this trial? Are you being pushed to show the trial in a different perspective than your own? By whom and why? Is there a personal connection between you and any of the witnesses or other members of the court?
Out of 100 points: ___________
Court Sketch Artist
This job is for the truly gifted artist. You will be responsible to capture the trial in sketches.
60 points ____________
Out of 100 points: ______________
Presentation. You must familiarize yourself with the duties of the clerk-- i.e., opening court, swearing in the jury, having custody of the prisoner(s), etc. Did you perform your responsibilities? Were you knowledgeable of all your duties? Presentation. Did you know your character well? Were you able to answer without hesitation or fumbling for facts? Did you bring props? What makes you stand out form other characters? Did you interact with judge and lawyers? Were your oral communications skills favorable? Did you remain in character? Did you dress the part? 30 points ___________
30 points ________
Out of 100:___________
Out of 100: _____________
This job is only for someone who has personal access to a video camera with parental permission. The videographer creates a documentary of the trial including narrative. This person should have editing capabilities and know how to put together an interesting video of the trial’s events. If more that n one person is working on this, you may submit a portfolio together, but make sure that you complete the individual work noted.
WRITTEN COMPONENT Job Requirements:
Out of 100 points: __________