This is a persuasive writing activity that is based on The True Story of the Three Little Pigs. For this activity the students are divided into 4 groups: prosecution, defense, witnesses and a jury. The teacher will play the role of the judge who will facilitate the activity.
This activity includes the following pages:
1 prewritten questions for the defense and the prosecution. These questions will be asked to the witnesses. At the end of each paper there is a spot where these groups write a short speech that they will give to the jury trying to persuade them before they vote on a verdict.
5 witness descriptions. These witnesses have been made up but relate to the story. These backgrounds will help the witnesses answer the questions from the prosecution and the defense.
1 persuasive wring page. The students can complete this individually after the trial using the evidence to write a persuasive paragraph that states their opinion of the wolf and reasons why he is guilty or innocent.
During the activity the jury listens to each witnesses answers and writes down important notes on each paper. After the prosecution and defense give their closing speeches the jury votes on a verdict to determine which side was more persuasive.
The preview file is what the prosecution would use to ask their questions. Please let me know if there are any questions and feel free to leave feedback.