This project can last up to a week's worth of lessons, and tasks the entire class with participating in and facilitating a trial based on William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, and is to be completed as a mid-unit formative assessment. Upon completion of the trial, students will resume reading the play.
This resource contains numerous detailed materials for an inclusive classroom experience for all students of varying skills and levels. Materials include:
- Detailed directions for 8 different trial roles: prosecutor (1-3 students) and defense attorney (1-3 students); judge; jurors (up to 12); witnesses for both the prosecution (3) and the defense (3); and a bailiff.
- Trial and courtroom expectations
- Background information
- Graphic organizers for trial prep
- Sample prosecution and defense questions
- Juror notes
- Common courtroom objections
This is a rigorous and differentiated project that invites all students to build a better understanding of this literary masterpiece. Moreover, the trial format can be differentiated to suit other texts.