We are beginning to read and perform the play, Twelve Angry Men in ELA class. The class will discuss themes about prejudice, truth, and the justice system while analyzing the claims and evidence made by the jurors. Students have volunteered to play a role in the classic play and will learn how to read stage directions and how to act those directions out in their character. By the end of the play, the students will be asked to decide whether the defendant is guilty or not guilty based on the evidence found within the case.
After reading Twelve Angry Men, students will be asked to write an argumentative essay taking a side on the case: is the boy guilty or not guilty. The students will use the claims, the witness's testimony, and the evidence revealed in the play to argue and persuade the side they believe to be right.
Beyond the Book Spark
Complete the short response paragraph on "the old man" for homework from Twelve Angry Men.
If you need to make-up any of the short responses, they can be found below.