Literary Characters on Trial: Combining Persuasion and Literary Analysis


  • Aug 13 2010 12:10 PM

    Mary Kay Monson

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In this lesson, from ReadWriteThink, students read a work of literature as a class and then brainstorm "crimes" committed by characters from that text. Groups of students work together to act as the prosecution or defense for the selected characters, while also acting as the jury for other groups. Students then research their case and write a persuasive piece to complement their trial work. Several pieces of literature appropriate for use with this lesson are suggested.

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    Topics and Grades

    Grade: 6 to 8

    Topics: English-Language Arts, Literature, Reading Comprehension