To Kill a Mockingbird Trial - Readers Theater and Writing Unit

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Making Meaning with Melissa
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My students really got into this activity! This was a very fun way to add some variety to our reading routine. I also appreciated the rigor of the non-fiction reading selection.
There were a couple of typos, but my students looked forward to coming to school to act out their respective parts. I would definitely use this resource again for our mock trial. Thank you!
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While the classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird may not be your student's chosen book, it is a nationwide tradition to read this text in high school. Up your engagement by allowing your students to reenact the infamous trial of Tom Robinson and understand the injustices taking place in this fictional courtroom, being part of the generation who will not let this happen again. The trial creates tension in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, and acting out the courtroom scene is the best way to help students understand the injustices of trial.

This unit provides over a week's worth of activities as you complete the reading of the trial of Tom Robinson. Integrating Readers Theater of the trial, plus writing prompts, and close reading of paired nonfiction, this unit is always a favorite of my students.

Over five days of activities ready to print and go!

Product includes:

  • Notes for the teacher - detailed description of how I implement this lesson
  • Paired Nonfiction Close Read – Principles for Jury Trials - to give students a real-world understanding of how the court system works in our country
  • Character Name Tags - make sure all students know the key players
  • Chapter 17 Script (taken directly from the text)
  • Chapter 18 Script (taken directly from the text)
  • Chapter 19 Script (taken directly from the text)
  • Jury Notes Organizer - for students to report on the testimonies they hear each day, including deciding whether or not the characters are credible
  • Essay Prompt - students decide on the verdict, using evidence from the testimony to support their decision

When we do this, I rearrange my classroom to look as similar to a courtroom as possible. CLICK HERE for a link to name tags that I tape to the front of the character's desks.

**Please note, as the scripts are taken directly from the text of the novel, some outdated and offensive terminology will be present. I did not write those words, only included the text of the novel.**

If you're teaching To Kill a Mockingbird, I'll bet you could use some of my other products, including:

To Kill a Mockingbird Digital Reader's Notebook

To Kill a Mockingbird Close Reading Unit

To Kill a Mockingbird Paired Passages Bundle

To Kill a Mockingbird Social and Historical Context

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50 pages
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