Turn your CLASSroom into a COURTroom with this engaging mock trial. This based-on-true-events trial makes students analyze, argue, and determine the fate of a controversial art issue.
In 2011, professional nature photographer David Slater traveled to Indonesia and captured photos of crested black macaques. He allowed the monkeys to take "selfies" with his camera, and the results were extraordinary. Wikipedia posted his results to their website and Slater filed a take down order. Wikipedia claimed Slater didn't own the photos because HE didn't take them. Your students will decide whether Wikipedia should take down the photos or has the right to keep them on their site.
This resource is a .zip file that contains everything you need to present this to your classroom. It contains:
– Art Court Teacher Guide
– An Intro Slideshow
– Courtroom Outline
– Dossiers for the Attorneys and Witnesses
– Lines for the Clerk and Jury
– A Google Doc for role signup
This activity produces a unique and engaging Art Aesthetics discussion and addresses National CoreArts Anchor Standard 6
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This mock trial was designed by an art teacher for implementation in an Art Class but can be used in a variety of settings. It presents a tricky copyright dilemma which would be applicable to English, Social Studies, Debate, or other Humanities classes.