So, how will I be grading your case
anyway? I mean, judging.
It's pretty simple,
actually. I have included a point-by-point rubric below, but before you
looking there, make sure you remember the
1) Do your homework! Go back
over your reading notes, important quotes, and character maps. A strong
case is based on accurately quoting the characters and retelling the
important events of the "story."
the part! Don't come to class on "trial days" in your jeans and sneaks,
unless maybe you are playing the part of Holden. But even then, where's
your hunting cap? Your prep-school jacket? Want me to buy your case? I
am starting at the outfit...
lose your temper! Watch yourself - if the other side is presenting a
particularly good case, you might find yourself wanting to jump in.
Don't! It's not professional, you'll have your chance to make your
case, and it won't impress the judge (trust me).
Lastly, consider your audience. Like any good judge, I already know the
ins and outs of this case - I've read the novel too. And I have a fair
idea of some points I am expecting you to bring up - the ambiguity over
whether Santiago and Angela ever had a relationship is certainly
something I'd expect both the prosecution AND defense to mention. So
keep that in mind, as you're building your case...don't leave the
"obvious" stuff out.
the exact grading rubric, which is an MSWord doc, click here.
download MSWord if you do not have it, click
here. Keep in mind MSWord is
installed on all the school computers, and you can print from them in
the Media Center or Computer Lab also.