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  • "Tell-Tale Heart" Mock Trial

    Standards - RL.8.1, RL.8.3, RL.8.6, RI.8.1, RI.8.3, RI.8.7, RI.8.8, RI.8.9, L.8.1, L.8.3, SL.8.1, SL.8.2, SL.8.4, SL.8.5

    Outline and Purpose

    Students will conduct a mock trial to determine whether the Narrator is guilty by first-degree murder or not guilty by the defense pleading insanity from Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe. The students are to choose a side (or teacher is to assign), complete the research given, and persuade their audience (Jury and teacher) that their claim offers sufficient evidence to sentence the Narrator. Students will conduct research, write an analysis claim of their findings, and persuade through a mock trail whether they believe the Narrator is guilty or innocent by means of insanity. Before the trial, students need to be assigned their positions. This needs to be done a few days before so students can prepare for their parts. You can assign parts or allow them to draw a part out of a box. Agenda 1. Mock Trial Lesson 2 - Powerpoint on Roles and Steps in a Trial: What Are They? 2. Go over roles for the trial:

    Defense Attorneys Neighbor - Witness Passerby - Witness Police Witness (can be more than 1) Prosecuting Attorneys Psychiatrist Jurors Narrator Judge Clerk

    3. Assign roles and role groups 4. Practice Mock Trial 5. Conduct Mock Trial Activities in Detail

    1. Roles and Steps in a Trial (If you would like to go in detail about trials, see Lesson 1) Distribute Handout 2A: Steps in a Trial Show Powerpoint on Roles and Steps in a Trial: What Are They? Watch videos

    2. Go over roles for the trial and assigned Defense Attorneys - distribute graphic organizer; need to meet in groups to develop an

    opening statement, meet with the witnesses, etc. there are resources to help if you want

  • to use them: Mock Trial Lesson 5 and 6; I also recommend letting them use their phones to watch videos

    Neighbor - Witness - distribute graphic organizer; they need to meet with the attorneys to develop their answers to questions

    Passerby - Witness - distribute graphic organizer; they need to meet with the attorneys to develop their answers to questions

    Police Witness - distribute graphic organizer; they need to meet with the attorneys to develop their answers to questions

    Psychiatrist distribute graphic organizer his/her job is to evaluate the mental health of the narrator. They can research mental diseases, etc.

    Prosecuting Attorneys - distribute graphic organizer; need to meet in groups to develop an opening statement, meet with the witnesses, etc. There are resources to help if you want to use them: Mock Trial Lesson 5 and 6; I also recommend letting them use computers to watch videos

    Jurors- distribute graphic organizer and consensus sheet; have them watch videos of a jury?

    Narrator - distribute graphic organizer; needs to meet with Defense Attorneys Judge - distribute graphic organizer Clerk - distribute graphic organizer

    *Extra resources: Mock Trial Lessons 3, 5, 6, 7

    3. Practice Mock Trial' you can use Lesson 8: The Mock Trial as resource if needed

    4. Mock Trial

    Sequence of Events of Mock Trial 1. Clerk calls the case 2. Prosecutor makes opening statement 3. Defense makes opening statement 4. Prosecutor presents case

    Prosecutor calls first witness (Neighbor) and cross examines Defense cross examines Prosecutor class second witness (Police) and cross examines Defense cross examines

    5. Prosecutor rests case 6. Defense presents case

    Defense calls witness (Passerby) and cross examines Prosecutor cross examines Defense calls narrator and cross examines Prosecutor cross examines

    7. Defense rests 8. Prosecutor makes closing statement 9. Defense makes closing statement 10. Prosecutor makes any rebuttal argument 11. Jury meets to conduct sentence 12. Verdict is rendered

  • Roles 1st Witness (Neighbor): For Insanity You are the neighbor from Tell-Tale Heart who heard the shriek and reported it to the authorities. After many years of observation, you believe that the Narrator is not in his right state of mind. You have several examples of events that demonstrate his insanity (you make these up). Your role is to help convince the jury and judge that this man is insane. You are to:

    Respond to questions posed by the lawyers for the prosecution Respond to questions posed by the lawyers for the defense

    2nd Witness (Passerby): for 1st Degree Murder/Sane Though this did take place in the early hours of the morning, you were passing by when you heard the scream of the old man. It startled you, and after hearing of the murder, you reported you heard the scream. You are to convince the jury and judge that you believe this was first degree murder. You are to:

    Respond to questions posed by the lawyers for the prosecution Respond to questions posed by the lawyers for the defense

    Police Witness You are one of the policemen who came to the house after the neighbor reported the shriek. You are to explain what you saw, heard, etc. that night at the crime scene. You are to convince the jury and judge whether you believe this man was either insane or in his right mind when he committed this crime. You are to:

    Respond to questions posed by the lawyers for the prosecution Respond to questions posed by the lawyers for the defense

    Jury Roles as a Juror:

    Complete Jury Service Form Serve as the audience for all arguments presented in the trial

    Evaluate the arguments presented by the prosecution and the defense in order to determine the guilt or innocence of the defendant

    Judges the effectiveness and merit of the arguments and evidence presented by the prosecution and defense teams Vote on the outcome of the trial according to the established criteria only

  • Defense Attorneys Defense attorneys counsel people accused of a crime about their legal rights and options and confer with their clients to decide what course of action to take. Attorneys then act on behalf of their clients by arguing their innocence or making a case for as lenient a sentence as possible. You are to convince that your client, the Narrator, is indeed insane, and he did not know what he was doing when he committed the crime. Five to seven of your classmates will be on a team as the defense attorneys. You must work as a team and have enough evidence to not only persuade your audience but also be able to examine both your witness and the prosecution witness. You are to:

    Address the jury Present the arguments Question witnesses in order to convince the jury of the defendant's innocence/insanity Provide closing statement

    Clerk You are to:

    Make sure everyone participates in meetings and during the trial Keep the entire prosecution team within the time limits for their presentation Help the group prioritize arguments and make the best use of the limited time, as needed

    Prosecuting Attorneys (1st Degree Murder) In a criminal case, the prosecutor is the attorney representing the government who presents (i.e.: prosecutes) the case against the defendant in an attempt to prove him guilty of the charges for which he was arrested. You are to defend your position that you believe the Narrator was completely sane when he committed this murder. Five to seven of your classmates will be on a team for the prosecuting attorneys. You must work as a team and have enough evidence to not only persuade your audience but also be able to examine both your witness and the defense witness. You are to:

    Address the jury Present the arguments Question witnesses in order to convince the jury of the defendant's guilt Provide closing statement

  • Psychiatrist A psychiatrist is a physician who specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental health and emotional problems. Because of extensive medical training, the psychiatrist understands the bodys functions and the complex relationship between emotional illness and other medical illness. The psychiatrist is thus the mental health professional and physician best qualified to distinguish between physical and psychological causes of both mental and physical distress. Psychiatrists are physicians who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of mental health. You are to:

    Respond to questions posed by the lawyers for the prosecution Respond to questions posed by the lawyers for the defense

    Judge Judges play many roles. They interpret the law, assess the evidence presented, and control how hearings and trials unfold in their courtrooms. Most important of all, judges are impartial decision-makers in the pursuit of justice. The judge remains above the fray, providing an independent and impartial assessment of the facts and how the law applies to those facts. You are to:

    Open up the case of Narrator vs. State Oversee the evidence of the case Make sure attorneys are not manipulating the law/evidence

    Narrator As the person being put on trial, you are to convince the jury that you had a temporary moment of insanity, and you were not guilty of intentionally killing the old man out of malice. You are to: Respond to questions posed by the lawyers for the prosecution Respond to questions posed by the lawyers for the defense

  • Jury Graphic Organizer

    Before Trial What is your role as a juror?

    Do you believe the narrator to be guilty or no guilty? Justify. During Trial

    Write facts from the trial that support the statements:

    The Narrator is insane

    The Narrator is guilty of 1st Degree Mur