I have done the Grimm Brothers and mock trials with groups of special education middle school students (ADHD, Autism Spectrum, NVLD, etc) for several years now and they always say it's one of their favorite activities.
This PDF document includes two scavenger hunts, six writing assignment guides and two models for a unit on the Grimm Brothers and mock trials. We use the "scavenger hunt" to practice "hunting" for and annotating text-based evidence. I have six different writing assignment guides for the cases available, so I can differentiate for students and assign them a case that fits with their abilities. Based on templates from Keys to Literacy, each case include a color-coded prompt, assignment specifications, and steps of the writing process. I am also including two model argument essays about the Pied Piper of Hameln.
* Scavenger Hunt 1
* Scavenger Hunt 2
*Case 1: The Old Witch on trial for attempted murder
*Case 2: Hansel and Gretel on trial for theft OR destruction of property
*Case 3: Gretel on trial for premeditated murder
*Case 4: Gretel on trial for theft
*Case 5: Gretel on trial for destruction of property
*Case 6: The Father on trial for abandoning the children
* Key to all the arguments, featuring counter-arguments and rebuttals
* Argument Model #1 - Against the Pied Piper
* Argument Model #2 - In Defense of the Pied Piper
* 2-column rubric for grading and revision
* Juror ballots for all six cases