Native Son – “Book One: Fear” Writing & Speaking Assessment October/November 2008 Carpenter Three teams will be formed: 1) prosecutorial 2) defense, and 3) a jury. Each team will be responsible for researching, organizing and writing a team submission for the judge (who is I). (Teams will be organized tomorrow, October 30 or Friday, October 31.) If you are prosecuting, your job is to show Bigger Thomas guilty of the murder of Mary Dalton. If you are defending, your job is to show Bigger Thomas innocent – a victim of circumstance – of the murder of Mary Dalton. As a jury member, you are to consider both sides of the case and come to some conclusion about what you believe. Each team has, essentially, the same amount of work to do. Each team needs to consider the facts of the evening in question, Bigger Thomas’s history, the role of both black and white society in his life and, especially, on his psyche; each team also needs to make a strong, persuasive argument to the judge and jury for its point of view. Before beginning your work, you must all read the “Introduction” (by Arnold Rampersad) to your edition of Native Son. It will help give some background and history that might help you consider Bigger as either “murderer” or “victim.” The prosecutorial and defense teams will submit a “Statement of Argument,” which will have headings for the following: The Facts of the Case – recounted to support each team’s point of view Bigger Thomas’s Personal History – told to focus the jury’s perception of Bigger and see him in a context The Role of Society in Bigger Thomas’s Life – told to expand that context (see above) still further Conclusion The jury will submit its “Finding of Facts & Statement of Guilt or Innocence” and for each of the headings above will articulate its own point of view about why and how it sees the relevant issues, et cetera. Also, each team will make an oral presentation of their “Statement of Argument,” which will help me determine the “winner” of the case. The jury will share orally how it arrived at its decision to find Bigger guilty or innocent. These oral presentations will be about five minutes in length not including time for questions from the judge. The grade for your written work will be shared by the team; the grade for your oral presentation will be your own as each member of the team will have to make an oral contribution. (Think about how you want to divide this part of the assessment.) For D Period Arguments will begin being made next Friday, November 7. The prosecution will make its argument first, followed by the defense. The jury needs to submit its Native Son – “Book One: Fear” Writing & Speaking Assessment October/November 2008 Carpenter findings by Monday, November 10. Final written work for all teams will be due Saturday, November 15. For E Period Arguments will begin being made next Monday, November 10. The prosecution will make its argument first, followed by the defense. The jury needs to submit its findings by Wednesday, November 12. Final written work for all teams will be due Saturday, November 15.
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