Make comparing texts FUN for students by turning your ELA class into a courtroom!
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In this 5-day lesson, students become "attorneys" and compare and contrast two texts based on 6 different characteristics. The courtroom drama unfolds as you "judge" their arguments.
The "court case" proceeds like this:
- Students must first pass a “bar exam” proving they know key literary terms.
- Students are then assigned a “plea” of SIMILAR or DIFFERENT. They must cite evidence that supports their plea for all 6 text characteristics.
- Students must “appeal” their case until all of their arguments make sense.
- Students may write a “Case Brief” paragraph explaining their argument.
This lesson can be used multiple times throughout the year because it can be used with different text pairings.
*A Marzano learning scale is included in this lesson.