This is a script of the trial found in chapters 17-21 of To Kill a Mockingbird. Some dialogue has been inserted to help the flow and readability, and it also includes information that we find out during the trial but don't hear a character say. It is divided by chapters and is intended to be used in class for students to read aloud and act out. It works best when your room is set up like a courtroom. I've done it a few different ways, but here's the best that I've found:
Make name tags for each character and jury tags for everyone else. Have a sign-up sheet with each character's name. Randomize students' names and have them come up in order and select what character they want to play. This is where you can use your judgment. Personally, I refuse to let the kids I know won't take it seriously play any major parts. I have even hand-selected a student to play a particular role. She was a drama student and made a fantastic Mayella. If you want to appear fair, you can always just make it to where those students' names are towards the top of your "randomized" list. ;) Each day the students come in and sit where their name tag is. I usually bring my college graduation robe and a gavel for the judge. They love that. I give extra credit if they dress up for their part. Everyone gets a grade every day for participating. If you're talking or off-task, you get points deducted. The director is in charge of reading all italicized text and keeping everyone on track. If someone loses their place, it's the directors job to help them. This comes in handy if you have a day that you have a lot of work to do, you can keep one ear on what's happening and also finish what you have to do.