Role-Playing Activity and Socratic Seminar! Students imagine an alternative to Gatsby in which George Wilson survives, Daisy is revealed to be the driver of the car which struck Myrtle, and the party-goers who visited Gatsby’s home suffer the consequences of their carelessness. Each party is being charged with the following crimes:
George Wilson – Charged with the murder of one “Jay Gatsby” aka James Gatz.
Daisy Buchanan – Charged with involuntary vehicular manslaughter against one
The Party-Goers – Charged with disorderly conduct, reckless endangerment, and driving under the influence.
Students then assume one of the following roles:
1. Defense lawyer for George Wilson
2. Prosecution lawyer for George Wilson
3. Defense lawyer for Daisy Buchanan
4. Prosecution lawyer for Daisy Buchanan
5. Prosecution lawyer for the Party-Goers
6. Defense lawyer for the Party-Goers
Each assigned role includes four prompting questions to guide students in forming their argument. Students will present valid reasons as to why/why not their respective character should be penalized, using textual evidence to back up their arguments. Lastly, once each argument is presented, classes can place their final "verdict".
This 17-page packet includes:
Pg 5: Overview of Gatsby Trial
Pg 6-8: Character Cards for Gatsby Trial (with prompting questions)
Pg 9-11: Evidence-Gathering Sheet: Defense for George Wilson
Pg 12-11: Evidence-Gathering Sheet: Defense for Daisy Buchanan
Pg 12-14: Evidence-Gathering Sheet: Prosecution for George Wilson
Pg 15-17: Evidence-Gathering Sheet: Prosecution for Daisy Buchanan
Pg 17-18: Evidence-Gathering Sheet: Prosecution for the Party-Goers
Pg 19-20: Evidence-Gathering Sheet: Defense for the Party-Goers
Pg 21: Verdict Card