Students discover a unique way to determine the fine line between “doing wrong” and “crime.” They “study” character education by “doing” - using fairy tales and simulating investigation and trials. The activities challenge students as they use all language arts skills: critical reading, analytical thinking and writing, speaking and drama. Use with the entire class, choosing an appropriate case by its complexity and appropriate level of challenge. The class creates all elements of a case…
The Villisca axe murders occurred between the evening of June 9, 1912 and early morning of June 10, 1912, in the town of Villisca in sw Iowa. The six members of the Moore family and two house guests were found bludgeoned in the Moore residence. All eight victims, incl 6 children, had severe head wounds from an axe. A lengthy investigation yielded several suspects, one of whom was tried twice. The first trial ended in a hung jury and the second in an acquittal. The crime remains unsolved.
Are you looking for something new and inventive to do with your group? Here are complete instructions for leading a unit on mock trials using fairy tales! Students get to play prosecutors, defense attorneys, witnesses, the accused, and jury members. This lesson plan will appeal to students of all ages and can easily be adapted to different ability levels.
The Scottsboro Boys were nine Black teenage boys (the youngest was 13 and the oldest was 19) accused of rape in Alabama in 1931. The landmark set of legal cases from this incident dealt with racism and the right to a fair trial. The case included a frameup, an all-White jury, rushed trials, an attempted lynching, an angry mob, and is an example of an overall miscarriage of justice.