This is one of my students' favorite activity every year! We read A.B. Guthrie's intriguing story of justice in the Old West (included here). After discussing the story, we prepare to put the protagonist, Mr. Baumer, on trial! You can either assign roles or let students sign up for a first and second choice. Once students have their roles, they begin the process of reading the story again...closely...only this time through the lens of their role! Some students are witnesses; others are attorneys, jurors, judges, etc. Next, students learn the the fundamentals of courtroom manners and procedures (My handouts make this easy). They will be so excited to take part in this very real seeming drama, they will work hard and meet the challenge! Finally, students help you prepare for tomorrow's trial by physically turning the classroom into a courtroom. Signs are provided here.
This zip folder contains:
1. the story;
2. directions for you;
3. directions for your students;
4. courtroom signs;
5. courtroom procedures and a short script for the bailiff and judge;
6. a reflection (2 per page) for students
ENJOY!! This one-week activity is extremely engaging and thoughtful. Students will learn to read closely, as well as a little about how the justice system works! And they will make great memories from your class!!