Guide your students into deeper and meaningful understanding of The Tom Robinson Trial with these extension activities.
* Testimonial Evidence Chart - Keep your students organized with the need-to-know details of each testimony.
* Say•Mean•Matter Chart - Analyze the importance of key details from the trial. Students choose evidence from the text, paraphrase that information, and analyze its importance.
* "Ain't I a Woman" - Before analyzing Atticus' powerful closing statement, allow students to practice with Sojourner Truth's famous speech. This activity includes two sources to build background knowledge, plus a reliability checklist that helps students choose the most dependable source. Additionally, this set includes Sojourner Truth's speech, "Ain't I a Woman" and questions which lead students to analyze the structure and purpose of the speech. I've also included an illustrated cover page if you choose to organize this activity into a folder.
* Atticus' Closing Statement - Students breakdown what makes this closing statement so powerful (and timeless) by analyzing the structure and intended effect Atticus' carefully chosen words have.
* Sensational Trials - In this group activity, students read case summaries of 4 real-life sensational trials which are thorough in detail, but secretive in identity and result. Students will then predict the verdict of these trials while providing textual evidence to support their claim. Once teacher reveals the verdict, students discuss and respond on what made this specific trial so sensational (much like the trial of Tom Robinson).
* Think•Pair•Share: Responding to the Verdict of Tom Robinson - Allow students the time necessary to process and reflect on the verdict of Tom Robinson, individually and in pairs or small groups.
Accusation Discussion - It's difficult to teach this book and not face questions on morality and sensitive issues. This packet helps you approach the topic of false accusations and its affect on rape in a professional and objective way by providing students with opinion pieces which guide them into looking at several facets of the discussion.