The Grinch is a common household name, especially around the holidays. In the movie, The Grinch hates Christmas so much so that he tries to destroy it for the community he lives in, yet doesn't feel a part of. In the end, he realizes the error in his ways and all of the townspeople of Whoville forgive him. He even enjoys Christmas dinner with them. However, how can one ignore the fact that he has broken into these people's homes to steal and damage their belongings to ultimately ruin their favorite holiday? Did no one consider the fact that The Grinch committed serious crimes? Did all forgive and move on?
In this project, which takes place after the alleged crimes were committed, The Grinch is arrested and put on trial. It is the students jobs to either prosecute, determine a defense strategy, or research the crimes and listen impartially as a jury member to deliver a verdict.
I have been completing this project before Winter Break year after year and my students love it! Each year I am amazed at the new evidence presented, and all of the different ways they interpret it.
It is suggested for a Middle School Classroom, however I can see this working for an advanced 5th grade class, and quite possibly a 9th grade classroom.
This project/assignment can be used in an English/Language Arts classroom to teach debating and/or would fit nicely into an Argumentative Writing Unit. It can also be used in a Social Studies classroom to teach courtroom procedures and debating skills.
WITH THIS PURCHASE YOU WILL RECEIVE 11 TOTAL PAGES (3 COVER PAGES and 9 PAGES OF THE FOLLOWING RESOURCES:
TWO SEPARATE HANDOUTS FOR STUDENTS:
- The Guidelines/Directions entitled "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch... or are You?"
- Key Terms
THREE SEPARATE, CLEAR RUBRICS FOR GRADING:
- Defense and Prosecution Membe Rubric
- Jury Member Rubric
- Character Actor Rubric
A FOUR PAGE TEACHER'S GUIDE THAT FEATURES:
- Suggestions for...
- Time of Year
- Project Length & Schedule
- Preparation Before Starting
- Student Roles
*Disclaimer: The Grinch is copyrighted by Dr. Seuss Enterprises © 1937-2018. I, in no way shape or form, take credit or ownership of this character. The project only uses this well-known character's name and allows students to watch the movie, in whole or in part, to participate in a project that centers around a fictional trial.