2010 Mueller English 9 Of Mice and Men—George on Trial (Writing Assignment #3) USE THIS ASSIGNMENT OVERVIEW IN CONJUNCTION WITH PROVIDED SHAPING SHEET. PROMPT Now that you have completed reading the novelette, you know that George kills Lennie. The act is presented as the humane thing to do for Lennie, which it very well could have been. Playing Devil’s Advocate, though, one could ask if, indeed, this was the correct decision. If Lennie had been taken to trial for killing Curley’s wife, perhaps he would have been excused on grounds of lack of mental competence and may have been given a better life than he had had with George. In this writing assignment, you are putting George on trial for murdering Lennie. You are to either become the attorney for George’s defense or the prosecuting attorney. Your assignment is to write your closing arguments to the jury. Closing arguments are a lawyer’s final summary of his case and his best efforts at persuading the jury to his side. You must use appropriate language and may insert “lawyer-speak” throughout as long as you adhere to the basic criteria of the essay assignment as written on this sheet as well as the Shaping Sheet to be used for your rough draft. PREWRITING (HOMEWORK FOR FRIDAY, 1/8/2010) To begin, decide which side you want to take—George’s defense or the prosecution. On a piece of paper, jot down the main points, the facts which will support your case. Decide which points for the argument you will make are stronger and which are weaker. Organize your points from weakest to strongest and jot down anything you can think of which will support or explain your points. You will need at least two points that you then can support with facts. ROUGH DRAFTING (SHAPING SHEET)—(CLASSWORK & HOMEWORK M & T, 1/11-12) Begin with an introductory paragraph (4-6 sentences) in which you introduce the jury to your side of the case. You should consider providing necessary background information that the jury would need, i.e. how George and Lennie came to travel together, ended up at the ranch, all leading up to that fateful day when George shot Lennie. The last sentence of the introductory paragraph is your thesis statement for the essay. Remember that a thesis statement reflects the subject of the essay along with your opinion. For ex: George Milton killed Lennie Small and should be defended/prosecuted because… ____. Create two body paragraphs (eight sentences each), one paragraph for each of your main points. Each body paragraph must begin with a topic sentence (main point), each topic sentence (main point) to be supported by two concrete details and related commentary. End with a concluding paragraph (4-6 sentences) in which you make your final closing statements.. You may add additional supportive commentary (no new concrete details!) to bolster your case. You may also provide suggestions for appropriate punishment, whether prosecuting or defending. SHAPING SHEET WILL BE PROVIDED IN CLASS AND POSTED ON SITE. PEER EDITTING (SHAPING SHEET)—(CLASSWORK W, 1/13) When you finish you rough draft (shaping sheet), ask a student who sits near you to read it. Peer should verify that the topic sentences for each of your body paragraphs each consist of strong point, that the related concrete details for each are actual FACTS from the text and that the related commentary shows how the facts you chose help you’re your overall prosecution or defense. Is your essay and are your arguments, clear to not only you but also to your reader? Reread your paper considering your critic’s comments, make the necessary corrections, and create a final draft. Peer must sign/date your shaping sheet prior to creating final draft. FINAL DRAFTING—(CLASSWORK & HOMEWORK W, 1/13; DUE THURSDAY, 1/14) Create a typed final draft of your essay (11-12 pt, double-spaced, Calibri or Times New Roman) Staple your typed final draft on top of your clean and edited rough draft (shaping sheet).