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ERIC Number: ED491953
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Feb-11
Pages: 176
Abstractor: Author
ISBN: ISBN-1-5630-8959-9
Judge for Yourself: Famous American Trials for Readers Theatre
Barchers, Suzanne
Teacher Ideas Press
Ten readers theatre scripts based on some of the most famous, sensational trials in U.S. history provide a fascinating glimpse into our past and our justice system. These compelling dramas are based on actual trial proceedings, and have been adapted to the interest and reading level of students in upper elementary and middle school. Details of the crime have been incorporated into the trial format allowing the story to unfold through the eyes of the jury. The verdict is detailed in a separate section, allowing students to decide what the outcome should be. These scripts are wonderful tools for enhancing history, social studies, civics, humanities, or the English program. They sharpen critical thinking skills through the deliberation process; help build and refine reading, oral presentation, and performance skills.
Teacher Ideas Press. P.O. Box 6926, Portsmouth, NH 03802-6926. Tel: 800-225-5800; Fax: 603-431-2214; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Books; Creative Works; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Intermediate Grades; Middle Schools
Audience: Students; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A