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Literary Characters on Trial: Combining Persuasion and Literary Analysis
|Grades||6 – 8|
|Lesson Plan Type||Unit|
|Estimated Time||Eight 50-minute sessions|
MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY
Grades 3 – 12 | Student Interactive | Organizing & Summarizing
The Persuasion Map is an interactive graphic organizer that enables students to map out their arguments for a persuasive essay or debate.
- Roles of the Members of a Trial
- Your Duties to Your Client as a Prosecution Attorney...
- Your Duties to Your Client as a Defense Attorney...
- Suggestions for a Mock Trial
- Trial Paper Rubric
- Trial Presentation Rubric
- Cast Outline
- And the Verdict Is...
- Agenda for a Literary Mock Trial
- Presentation Self-Evaluation Form
- Students should have read and discussed the text, The Tempest or another text, chosen for the mock trial before beginning this project.
- The instructor should be comfortable with all of the components of a mock trial. The instructor could use the Guide to Conducting Mock Trials for further information.
- Make copies of the Roles of the Members of a Trial, Duties of the Prosecution Attorney, Duties of the Defense Attorney, suggestions for the lawyers, Writing Rubric, Trial Rubric, Model Defense handout, Jury Verdict Form, Agenda for a Mock Trial, and Self-Evaluation Form.
- As students will be using their persuasion skills, provide background information in methods and forms of persuasion. Review ReadWriteThink lessons about persuasion.
- If desired, share a movie or TV show that portrays a trial scene and decide what strategies could be useful with instruction.
- Test the Persuasion Map on your computers to familiarize yourself with the tools and ensure that you have the Flash plug-in installed. You can download the plug-in from the technical support page.
- Test the Exploring the Judicial System Through a Literary Mock Trial travelogue on your computers to familiarize yourself with the tools and ensure that the sites are not blocked by any filtering software.