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Use online and offline resources to create a class production of Boo Radley's trial which will be presented to others.
1. Your copy of To Kill a Mockingbird issued by your teacher
2. Video of To Kill a Mockingbird with Gregory Peck (available at any Blockbuster video store).
1. Props, Costumes, Scenery
2. Historical Archives
3. Nut and Bolts of Courtroom Procedure
4. Playwriting Help
5. Important Social Issues
Research the characters of the novel. Write the script for the production and assign roles to the class.
Every member of the class should be cast in a role. Think about how Boo Radley, who we assume is
mentally challenged, would stand trial and how the jury would judge him. Keep the characters true
to the novel.
Research the region and time of the novel. Find pictures that can be used to create virtual scenery for
the class production. Write an explanation of why the pictures are appropriate the the production. Prepare a presentation about information that would be pertinent to this case.
Designers and Costumers:
Research the clothing of the period of the novel. Gather or create clothing that will be worn by the main
characters in the class production. Write a description of each character's costume with an explanation
as to why it is appropriate for the character. Create props for the acting of the scene.
Research courtroom procedures. Give an oral presentation to the class explaining each person's role in
the courtroom and the procedures of the trial. Supply a written summary for each student.
Social Workers: Research social and cultural issues of the 1930s. Give an oral presentation to the class explaining the treatment of mentally challenged people in the 1930s. Also, address the legal issues surrounding the trying of a mentally challenged person for murder. Supply a written summary for each student.
4. Use online and offline resources to research your team's task.
5. Social workers, legal consultants, and historical consultants will present their information to the class using PowerPoint on the agreed upon date.
Then all students will work together to assist the other
teams with the writing and acting
of the play.
A panel of judges will evaluate your class production and
based on their
average score, each student will receive that score.
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