I will assign roles for 12 jurors, a reader for stage directions, a judge, and the guard.
I will set up the classroom to look like a deliberation room with one long table (desks pushed together) for 12 jurors. We will read the opening stage directions and discuss their importance.
Then we will read “Twelve Angry Men” Act 1 aloud stopping to discuss as needed. Students not on the jury should follow along on the script.
Jurors Characterization Chart Assignment
In order to fully understand the play, you need to really get to know the characters. In your Spiral Notebook, create a Characterization Chart for each of the jury members. 1. Read the descriptions of each jury member. 2. Label each jury member: Example: Juror #2 3. Give each juror a nickname: Example: Juror #2 (The Mouse) 3. Based on the descriptions below, write what you think is the best characterization of the character. 4. Draw a picture of what you think the character looks like.
Juror # 2 ( The Mouse) Juror Two is a very timid man. When he talks, he simply goes along with the previous Juror’s opinion. However, as the play goes on, he adjusts to the setting and is able to speak up when it comes to minor topics.
Throughout the play, follow one of the jurors. (I will assign you one) What did you learn about this character? How does this character vote, and why? This will help you to understand the basic plot and also the author's technique for characterization.
Click on the link below to access the format of the Character log. You can either copy the format into your Spiral Notebook, or type on the document, print it, and tape it into your Spiral Notebook.
The following organizer will be used as we read the play. You have two options: Option1: If you can print your can download the Organizers by clicking the button and then you can type directly on the papers. Option 2: Copy the Organizers into you Spiral Notebook and complete them there.
Copy the following chart into your Spiral Notebook. As we read the play, keep track of the witness testimonies that are given.
Copy the chart below into your Spiral Notebook. As we read the play keep track of how each juror votes.
Evidence Tracking Chart
Copy the chart in your Spiral Notebook. (Make sure you make your chart large enough to keep track of all the evidence presented...probably two or three full pages) Keep track off all the evidence presented in the case.
Timeline of Events
Use a whole page in your Spiral Notebook to copy the Timeline below. Complete the Timeline below as the events of the night of the murder are presented.
Click on the button below to access the Discussion Questions for each Act. 1. Type your answers directly on the Document. 2. Highlight in the Script where you found your answers and put the number of the question in the margin.
Imagine that you are a news reporter. Using the information gathered about the trial in Act 1 of “Twelve Angry Men,” write an article describing the events of the trial — What happened? Who was involved? Who testified? What evidence was laid out? Remember that this should be written in NEWS format and only the facts should be presented.
Click on the Google Doc to open a Newspaper Article Template. Make sure you make a copy of it first so that it goes into your Google Drive. Then print it and tape it into your Spiral Notebook.
If you want to turn it in on the website. Use the directions below: 1. Click: File 2. Download as: Micro Word (docx) 3. Go back to your Google Drive 4. Upload new file below
Why Eyewitnesses Get It Wrong
Scott Fraser, the speaker in the video, studies how humans remember crimes -- and bear witness to them. This talk, which focuses on a deadly shooting at sunset, he suggests that even close-up eyewitnesses to a crime can create "memories" they could not have seen.
As we watch the video, take notes in your Spiral Notebook.
Watch the video (it’s about 20 minutes) and answer the following questions:
1. How would Scott Fraser answer the following question: Should someone be convicted on a crime merely based on circumstantial evidence and their memory? Please explain your thoughts.
2. Explain the words of caution Mr. Fraser warns us of towards the end of his speech.
Groups In Your Life
1. As a group, you will discuss the following question: Do groups play an influential role in your life? Explain Write your answer in your Spiral Notebook.
2. Complete activity 1 in your Spiral Notebook, then discuss as a group. 3. Complete activity 2 in your Spiral Notebook, then discuss as a group. 4. Complete activity 3 in your Spiral Notebook, then discuss as a group.