I’m intrigued by this module because I like anything that is fun for students while teaching them how to think critically and use abstract thought. The activity involving the mock trial really looks like a great way to get students to see and analyze characters in an in depth way.
I’m starting to think about how I can use this module for Of Mice and Men , once we are finished reading the novel in my 10th grade English class in a few weeks.
I’m also thinking about implementing this module in my Young Adult Literature class, however, I need to put a lot of thought into how I’m going to do that. Students are reading 7 different novels at a time in that class. Something that I think could be fun in these small groups is to get a room where they can go and make a case for their characters and have volunteer faculty be the jury. The reason I don’t think it would work to allow the rest of the class to be the jury is because I don’t want to ruin books for the students who aren’t reading them. After all, one of the perks of this class is that students choose their books and then become intrigued by what other students chose. I don’t want to ruin that by giving important plot details away. On the other hand, the trials could be just the thing to intrigue other students to read the books if I chose the incident carefully and made sure they understood not to give away the ending, etc.
I don’t know yet…we’ll see.