1st Edition

On Trial A Criminal Trial Simulation (Grades 4-6)

By Margaret Schweitzer Copyright 1997
    48 Pages
    by Prufrock Press

    Your students know the story of the Big Bad Wolf and the Three Little Pigs. They know what the wolf did. They know that if the wolf were tried for his crimes, he would surely be guilty. Well, here's an activity that will shed doubt on your students' previous convictions. After all the evidence has been presented, they'll question whether the wolf is really guilty or merely a victim of wolf prejudice and circumstantial evidence.

    This clever simulation, which teaches about the workings of the trial system, puts the Big Bad Wolf on trial for destroying the pigs' houses. By assuming roles and using the nonscripted character profiles, students present information that has everyone wondering if the wolf is guilty or innocent. A jury of classmates will decide. This book not only teaches about the judicial system, but also develops communication, cooperation, and evaluative skills.

    Grades 4-6

    Instructions for the Teacher, Duplication and Distribution Guide, Roles for the Trial, Discussion 1- Communities and Laes, Discussion 3- Laws and the Legal System, Pre-Trial Student Materials, Role Descriptions, Discussion 3- After the Trial, Answers.


    Margaret Schweitzer (Author)