And that's that!
Or is it? For my fellow educators, and perhaps any
parents looking to further the lesson or perhaps modify what I've done
here for your own purposes, I offer the following options:
1) The 19th Judicial Circuit (of
Lake County, IL) has a great guide to Conducting
Mock Trials. The rules and structure outlined here could easily be
adapted to English (as I demonstrated), History (the Holocaust) or even
Science (who's at fault for global warming) classes. Perhaps Math even?
Put Copernicus on trial for trying to prove the world is round.
2) I also found the Rules of
Evidence that the House of Representatives agrees on and publishes
available on-line. The vocabulary and concepts used here are certainly
college-level, but could make this activity adaptable to an AP or other
3) Lastly, I found an example of
a website similar to mine (AFTER coming up with my concept and making
these pages) on Teachers.net.
In this example, Beowulf and Grendel are both put on trial to determine
who bears most of the responsibility for the death-toll in "Beowulf."
Very creative, and very cool.