After reading Tom Robinson's trial in To Kill a Mockingbird, let your students be the lawyers by giving them real evidence from a case similar to Tom's. In this activity, students will analyze real evidence from the Scottsboro Trial in 1939 and create a closing argument similar to Atticus's famous speech. This activity can be done simply in one day or over a course of a few days and you can add an element of speech presentation and revising and editing of their speeches if you wish. You can also divide the class and have them be on opposing sides of the case and have a debate. The beauty of this activity is it can turn into a whole new hands-on experience for your students.