To Kill a Mockingbird
Students will review the Jim Crow laws. They will then be introduced into theScottsboro Trials. Students will be split up into groups (i.e., attorneys, jury, andwitnesses) and be told that it is their job to arrive at the correct conclusion of the case.They will work the rest of the hour to find evidence and create their arguments.
Students will be introduced to the Scottsboro trials, but not be told the outcome ofthe trials.Students will be able to work as teams to create a solid argument.Students will be able together information to support their argument.Students will also learn about persuasion.
24 Copies of the Introduction to the Scottsboro Trials.24 Copies of the Mock Trial Requirements.
Copies of the “Scripts” (testimonies) for each student.
Paper with the assigned roles on them already.
Brief introduction to the Jim Crow Laws. [5 minutes]
Unwritten laws and a code that all African Americans had to live by.
Drinking fountains, stores, etc.
Couldn’t walk on the same side of the street as White people
Couldn’t look white people in the eye
Does any of that ring a bell to you? Basically, African Americans werebeing denied their basic human rights as American citizens.One of the biggest cases during the Civil Rights Movement was the case and trialof the Scottsboro Boys. (Hand out brief overview on Scottsboro Trials). I need 4readers, one for each paragraph. (Read overview) [5-7 minutes]As a class, what we are going to do is decide if these 9 African American boysare guilty or innocent
by doing a mock trial. Basically, we’re going to reenact the
trials and do sort of a Law and Order sort of a thing. We have a defense teamwho will defend the 9 boys and a prosecution team who is arguing that they did it(defending the girls). [4 minutes]Hand out requirements and the roles. Explain that I have already assigned themso we can hurry up and just get started. Have students move to different areas ofthe classroom depending on their assigned roles.