PBL MOCK TRIAL OVERVIEW: Students will create a mock trial defending and prosecuting social media for crimes against humanity and arrive at a verdict of guilt or innocence. Students will research social media, assume courtroom roles, prepare arguments, practice presenting arguments, and arrive at a reasonable verdict.
- Goal: To determine whether social media is guilty of crimes against humanity. The novel, And Then There Were None, explores the lives of 10 people who find themselves in a situation where they must pay for a former crime they committed. These characters struggle with guilt as it is disrupting their lives. In this unit, students will select a current topic (social media) to research in depth. Each week the curriculum provides scaffolded steps for students to expand their background knowledge on their chosen topic, gather relevant evidence, develop claims and explore themes.
- Defense Attorney
- Prosecuting Attorney
- Expert Witnesses and defendants
- Audience: Jury of your peers, invited staff and administration
- Situation: The use of social media is a growing trend within society. However, some social media platforms have experienced some negative publicity. For example, citizens are using these platforms in cases of bullying, harassment, and defamation of character. You have been tasked with the job of defending or supporting the various types of social media. (Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook, etc.) It is your goal to convince a jury member as to whether or not these social media platforms are supporting or hurting society.
- Product: Students will prepare one of the following products:
- Google Presentation containing relevant facts
- Tri-fold outlining facts to present to jury
- Student Choice