Nursery Rhyme Crimes: Prosecuting or Defending Nursery Rhymes
As children, we are bombarded with reading and hearing various fairy tales and nursery rhyme stories. We often view these stories to be happy and innocent because the main characters for the most part “live happily ever after”, but what about these main characters’ struggles? Many of them are victims of crimes or have committed crimes.
No way in today’s society would Goldilocks be able to break into the house of three bears, sleep in their beds, break a chair, and eat their porridge without being charged with a crime. Come on, Humpy Dumpty. Did he fall or was he pushed? The Grinch- he stole Christmas! How can we have a society that teaches law on the one hand but subjects its youth to these stories, on the other.
TASK: Put these nursery rhyme/ fairy tale characters on trial for their wrong doings, so that we can finally have justice in our fictional world and send the proper message to our youth.
RESEARCH COMPONENT: Read the sections of your textbook that are appropriate to your topic. Do additional research in the media center, using both print and non-print material. Go online and look for materials.
OVERVIEW: Your Crime Case should include the following:
• Catchy Title
• Background Information (the story)
• Victim(s) & Possible Felon
• The Crime Possible Felon is charged with
• Defense (prosecutor for defendant)
• What your verdict is as a jury
• Penalty according to state or federal law
GROUP and INDIVIDUAL PROCEDURES: Your group (if you choose to work in one) should appoint an editor and divide up responsibilities. Decide who is doing what kind of research based upon the criteria above. Be certain to affix your name to each section, picture, or any other contribution you have made to the presentation (on the hard copy). Each student will receive his/her own grade for this project.