Engage your students by conducting a mock trial while practicing close reading, citing strong and thorough textual evidence, analyzing evidence, persuasion/argumentation/debate, writing, and speaking/listening. Use this with ANY text! I used this with Poe's "The Black Cat," but you could also use this with other short stories, novels, or plays.
This is truly an authentic learning experience that covers a wide range of essential skills and gets every student involved! Not including the time it takes to read the text, this activity spans about 3-4 days, depending on how much time you provide for students to prepare.
This bundle of Google Drive resources contains absolutely everything you need to implement a successful mock trial:
-Very thorough teacher instructions
-Prosecution team outline
-Defense team outline
-Jury team assignment (creating a rubric)
-Jury individual assignment (arguments for an against)
-Mock trial structure
-Mock trial preference Google form
-Integrating evidence mini-lesson
-Rubric "master doc" (all rubrics in order for efficient grading)
-Self-Evaluation & reflection Google form
This product is a PDF that contains instructions and LINKS to all of the documents. You will need a Google account to access the files.Your students will need Google drive or another platform (such as Microsoft OneDrive) that allows you to digitally share these documents with them.
Other texts you could use this with include, but are not limited to: The Tell-Tale Heart, The Crucible, Of Mice and Men, The Great Gatsby, The Outsiders, and more!