ROLE PLAY/MOCK TRIAL RESOURCES

A Multitude of Ready-to-Use Tools 

Role-Playing Resources

Observer Sheets


Click here to download the role play observer sheet

Click here to download the role play reflection sheet




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




Rubrics


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)


This trial is based on the book Abina and the Important Men. See my description of Abina under the "Resources" tab and "Abina Mock Trial." The three role-plays included here are meant to supplement the graphic history by bringing students even more deeply into Abina's story, her choices, and the complexities of her situation. The role-play lessons utilize the strategies that I outline in The Classes they Remember. Click here to download the Abina Role-Play 1 sheet

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


This role-play on the Korean War is meant mostly for a global classroom.

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


I've become interested in the idea of teaching through a "Choose-Your-Own-Adventure" style history book, which could incorporate primary sources. Check out my brand-new "Iranian Revolution Choose-Your-Own-Adventure"





Role-Play Videos

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


Battle Scene: Aztec-Spanish Role-Play










Spanish-Aztec Battle Debrief










Spanish-Aztec Debrief Part 2





Mock Trial Resource

Trial Scaffolding Sheets


Click here to download the Mock Trial Scaffolding Documents sheet




Rubrics


Click here to download the Mock trial Rubric sheet

Click here to download the Full-Class Mock Trial Rubric sheet





Abina Mock Trial

Abina and the Important Men: The Case of Regina V. Quamina Eddoo An Historical Mock Trial for High School and College


This trial is based on the book Abina and the Important Men, which has long been one of my favorite sources for understanding the complexities of colonialism and slavery. As graphic history, it brings forth a powerful story, set in a rich historical and cultural context, of one former African slave woman. Abina truly gives voice to someone who would normally be forgotten in our traditional history.

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





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