1. Students will complete a T-chart based on Roger's personality and actions towards Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones. On the left side, they will give reasons why they think Roger is truly a "good kid." On the right side, they will give reasons why they think that Roger is a "bad" kid.
2. After students have made their claims, they will turn and share their responses with a partner.
3. After responses are shared, the teacher will ask for student volunteers to come to the board and write their opinions of Roger. Students should begin formulating opinions about Roger's true character.
1. Students will watch a short video clip of a young boy trying to persuade his parents to buy him a dog.
2. Students will complete a quickwrite in which they identify the three pieces of evidence that the boy uses in the commercial to convince his parents. Teachers should discuss how having sound evidence is essential in producing an effective argument.
3. Students will assume that Roger has been turned in to the police by an onlooker for his attempt to steal Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones' purse. The jury is undecided if Roger is remorseful for his acts or if he still hold ill-intentions. Students have to give reasons to either persuade the judge that Roger is guilty and should be punished, or convince the judge that Roger is remorseful and should be let go.
4. Students will complete an extended response graphic organizer (attached) in which they work with a partner holding their same argument to cite three examples of evidence from the text in support of either prosecuting or defending Roger.
1. Students will use the graphic organizer to write a 3-paragraph argumentative letter to the judge stating reasons why Roger would be set free or held in prison.
2. Students should incorporate their 3 reasons for defending or prosecuting Roger in their letter. Students should also be encouraged to include and refute one counterargument.
3. After students have written the letter, they will present their arguments to a mock jury/judge made up of school administration and student council.