Part One – The Prosecution
The prosecution is ready for a fight. They’ve brought in two witnesses, including Mr. Third Pig, brother of the deceased. He claims that he was on the phone with his brothers at the time of the attack.
The testimonies are as colorful as the witnesses who tell them, but don’t let that distract you. Your job is to read/listen to both testimonies carefully. Then, fill in this venn diagram. Write the claims that the testimonies DO NOT have in common in the outer portions of the circles. Write the claims that the testimonies DO have in common in the center where the circles overlap. This information will help you decide what parts are truthful and what parts are not.
Part Two - The Defense
The accused has a right to speak in their own defense. Today, Alexander T. Wolf will take the stand. Listen to his story carefully. While you are reading it, write down at least five questions you would like answered, not just about Mr. Wolf's testimony, but about all the testimonies you've heard so far. Share these with your fellow jurors. Who knows, you may come up with even more questions together.
As a juror, you can't ask the questions in court yourself, but a good lawyer should be able to guess what questions you have and answer them as best as they can. Keep the questions handy so you can write down the answers if they are given later on in the trial.
Part Three - Bring in the Experts
Most trials have expert testimony. Experts are people who have a LOT of experience and knowledge about a subject. Lawyers bring them in to answer the questions they think you (the jury) might have. The lawyers in this case are no dummies. They know you have lots of questions, such as:
How strong is a straw house and can you really blame anyone if it falls over?
Is a sneeze powerful enough to knock over a house?
How much can one wolf eat in a day?
Do wolves really eat cake?
Follow the links so you can read all of the expert testimony. Read the information very carefully and write down any answers you have found. Also, you'll want to write down other interesting facts that help you to decide if Mr. Wolf is innocent or guilty. The more facts you can find that support your persuasive argument, the better it will be.
Part Four - Decision Time
The testimonies have been shared. The closing arguments have been heard. It's time to make a decision. Look over all of the information you have gathered. Don't hesitate to re-read a testimony if you need to. That's what the best jurors do so they can make sure they haven't forgotten anything. Once, you've analyzed everything, you're ready to decide. Remember, Mr. Wolf has been accused of three different crimes. You may find him guilty of one crime and not guilty of another.
Part Five - Write Your Persuasive Essay
You have all the information you need; you just need to put it all together. You will be writing a persuasive essay. Your essay should have three sections (or paragraphs), one to address each crime that Mr. Wolf is accused of.
Each section should start with a powerful statement that makes it clear exactly what you're going to say. Don't say, "I think" say, "I know". Make all your words powerful and bold. Remember - YOU ARE RIGHT - but to convince other people of this, you must provide them with clear facts (or evidence) that support your position.
Follow this link to a tutorial which will explain the process of writing a persuasive essay. Print out the worsheets from the tutorial. They will help you to organize your information before you begin to write.
Part Six - Deliberation
It's time to show off all your hard work. You're going to deliver your essay to your fellow jurors, but before you do, you better practice. Delivering a powerful speech takes thought. To get an idea of what a great speech should sound like, follow this link and pick one of the most requested speeches to listen to. Then, read your essay into Garage Band (or other recording software) and listen to how it sounds. Is your voice strong? Is it full of emotion? Are you talking loudly enough so everyone can hear? Are you talking too fast? Too slow?
When you've got it just right, it will be time to deliberate. Deliberation is when all the jury members come together and share their opinions. After every jury member has shared, it will be time to vote.
Guilty or Not Guilty? The town of Away-from-Home is eagerly waiting for your decision.