Students will take the take part in a trial for Andrew Jackson - Was he truly the "Common Man's President" or "King Andrew the First"?
The crimes against him are Crimes against humanity and abuses of the Constitution. The students will take the role of Lawyers, Witnesses, or Jury Members. Each of these roles is given a folder of materials, a specific rubric, and unique requirements and directions.
- Research the roles and responsibilities of Jury Members, how they are chosen, how they render their verdict, etc. This is done through a WebQuest.
- Review the facts of the case through a few readings on Jackson and a Graphic Organizer.
- Take extensive notes on all parts of the trial.
- Participate actively in debate after the trial (can be done in Socratic seminar format).
- Write a formal submission explaining their verdict
- Divide work among their legal team including jobs such as the opening and closing statements, direct examination or witnesses, and cross-examination of witnesses.
- Review evidence and documents to create a unique flow of arguments.
- Create and provide questions to their witnesses to help prepare for questioning.
- Prepare questions for cross examination.
- Research and learn about their historical figure (Andrew Jackson, Winfield Scott, John Rollin Ridge, John Coffee, John C. Calhoun, Davy Crockett, John Ross, or Henry Clay).
- Write a biography explaining their relevancy and connection to the case.
- Answer and develop answers to questions produced by lawyers.
- Prepare possible questions for how they's be cross-examined by opposing lawyers.
- Memorize information.
- Participate in trial as best as possible.