Trial Script & Project Descriptions
Today is the final day of preparation for The Crucible trial! Please make sure to attend your next class period prepared for the trial; this includes wearing the appropriate attire and bringing any materials that you may need.
Judge & Baliff: Submit your essay with MLA work cited page. Then memorize your sections of the script. If memorization is going to be a problem, you may transfer the information to index cards.
Lawyers: Show your cross-examination questions and opening/closing statement work to instructor for completion credit. Then memorize objections. Lastly, practice your questioning and speeches.
Witnesses: Finish your Web 2.0; this will be due Wednesday night at 8pm. Then, practice your prepping. During class you may be called by the instructor to practice your prepping.
Reporter: Finish your Web 2.0; this will be due Wednesday night at 8pm.
Jury: Submit your essay with MLA work cited page at the end of class. Today, you will conduct a circle discussion concerning the following questions:
1. Go around the circle and provide a brief overview of each of the trials. Listeners should take notes and ask follow up questions so that they can later discuss trials.
2. Go around the circle and state whether the trial had a fair or unfair outcome. Then explain why it was fair or unfair. Again take notes and ask questions.
3. What is the purpose of a jury? What are the requirements of a jury?
4. Are juries always effective? Explain why or why not. Provide examples.
5. Why might juries become biased? Can this be prevented?
6. What changes could be made to ensure that trials are consistently fair?
7. Ultimately, is the legal system of the United States effective or ineffective? Explain why.