ROLE PLAY/MOCK TRIAL RESOURCES
A Multitude of Ready-to-Use Tools
Weimar and Nazi Germany Role-Play Resources
Click here to download the Weimar and Nazi Germany Characters sheet
Click here to download the Weimar and Nergmay Election Ballot sheet
Click here to download the Weimar and Nergmay Election Party Platforms sheet
Click here to download the Weimar and Nergmay Emigration Application sheet
Click here to download the Mock Trial Rubric
Click here to download the Full-Class Mock Trial Rubric
Click here to download the Role-Play Rubric
Click here to download the Role-Play Self-Evaluation
Click here to download the Student-Developed Role-Playing Rubric
Spanish-Aztec Encounter Role-Play Resources
Click here to download the Spanish-Aztec Role-Play Characters sheet
Abina Role Plays
Abina and the Important Men: Role-Plays (3)
Click here to download the Abina Role-Play 2 sheet
Click here to download the Abina Role-Play 3 sheet
Korean War Role-Play
Global Korean War Role-Play Debate
I use a fishbowl style for the role-play. Students work in pairs to prep for each character. Only one of them comes up each time for the role-play policy conversation. The other remains outside and then switches in the second time the character comes in to play.
Click here to download the Global Korean War Role-Play Debate sheet
Iranian Rev: Choose-Your-Own-Adventure
Iranian Revolution Choose-Your-Own-Adventure
Unemployment in Weimar Republic Role-Play Videos
Watch these videos to understand how one role-play lesson can look in the classroom!
1: Reading the Background
2: Setting the Scene
3: Establishing Conflict
4: Role-Playing the Scene
5: Pausing for Analysis
6: Re-Acting the Scene
7: Re-Acting the Scene
8: An Alternative End
9: Imagining a New Scene
10: Pausing for Analysis II
11: Setting New Scenes and Choices
12: Role-Playing a New Scene
13: Observer Advice and Analysis
14: Role-Play Analysis
15: Final Debrief
Aztec-Spanish Encounter Role-Play Videos
Spanish-Aztec Battle Debrief
Spanish-Aztec Debrief Part 2
Mock Trial Resource
Trial Scaffolding Sheets
Abina Mock Trial
Abina and the Important Men: The Case of Regina V. Quamina Eddoo
An Historical Mock Trial for High School and College
The book presents a criminal court case that took place in the British Cape Coast colony in 1876. The British government under Queen Victoria (Regina) put Quamina Eddoo on trial for suspected use of slavery. The complainant who had brought the charges was named Abina Mansah.
Abina Mansah was a young woman in late 19th century Cape Coast Colony (present-day Ghana) who escaped from the household of Quamina Eddoo and then took him to court, accusing him of holding her as a slave. The background to this woman’s remarkable story, the historical context, writings from esteemed historians, and the original trial transcript can all be found in Professor Trevor Getz’ book Abina and the Important Men. Equally important, Professor Getz and his illustrator, Liz Clarke, tell Abina’s story through a visually rich and intellectually compelling graphic history. I recommend the second edition, which includes new details that he extracted from recently found primary sources as well as the thoughtful discussions by other historians.
Professor Getz has also recently collaborated with many talented staff and students at San Francisco State University to create a fascinating app that brings Abina alive through stunning visual graphics and beautiful audio. I highly recommend the app (downloadable as “Abina” from itunes and android app stores) as an additional resource. The app includes lesson guides and various inquiry pathways for students to take, which I helped Professor Getz put together.
As a teacher, it is essential that you use either the book or the app (or hopefully both) to provide context about the trial for the students and to bring them emotionally and intellectually into the story. You have two options: either you first have students read chapter 1 (or watch episode 1) and then you conduct the trial or you have them read/watch the entire story and then put on the mock trial. Either choice has its merits.
In other to get the most out of your trial, it is helpful to look over the mock trial strategies and scaffolding that I describe in Judging for Themselves.
The mock trial can be found here