As Term 1 wrapped up, we put our persuasive writing to the test and held a trial. Everyone knows the story of the Three Little Pigs, but we read a text with a different perspective and practiced our convincing arguments.
In 3WJ, our class did a trial for the True Story Of The Three Little Pigs. First we read the book, and then as a table group, we put sticky notes on a piece of paper that shows ideas of how the wolf is innocent or guilty . After we were put into 3 groups: Guilty lawyers , Innocent lawyers and Jury. I was a jury member. I was with: Greer, Otto, Tabitha and David.
All of us made a rubric to tick off if they used interesting persuading techniques. On Tuesday, our class did the real thing and had the actual trial. As a jury member, we all together decided that the guilty side won the trial. We made that answer because they put a lot of persuading technique in their text!
The Trial of the Wolf
On Tuesday in 3WJ, I was a jury member and wrote a rubric about what the Lawyers said.
I listened to the argument to decide if the Wolf was innocent or guilty. We decided he was guilty.
The Trial of the True Story of the Three Little Pigs
In class we read The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, and we had a Visual Tug of War where we had to make notes about if the wolf was innocent or guilty. Then we were split into 3 groups of either jury members, prosecutors or defence lawyers and had a look at our side of the Tug of War. After that, we split the side into three reasons and wrote a persuasive text about the best ideas that would get the wolf out of the situation or get him sent to jail. I was on the prosecution side, therefore I wanted the wolf to go to jail.
Finally the jury members would decide which were the best ideas of whether the wolf is innocent or guilty. At the end of the trial, the jurors made their decision of guilty. The wolf will go to jail!
The Trial of the Big Bad Wolf
Before we started the trial, we read The True Story of the Three Little Pigs. Then we went to our tables and wrote down on sticky notes all the reasons for the Big Bad Wolf being innocent and guilty. After we wrote one, we would stick them on the guilty side if it was saying that the wolf was guilty. If we were complaining that the wolf is innocent, we would put it on the innocent side.
Preparing for the trial:
When we started the trial, we were put into groups: the guilty lawyers, the innocent lawyers and jury members. I was in the guilty group with Jaimie, Rhea, Daniel and Linus. After we were put into groups, we got all the sticky notes from the guilty side of the sheet and grouped them as reasons. We wrote down on a sheet three reasons and six examples, and we chose a paragraph and wrote it on our iPads.
When we started the trial, the innocent side read their persuasive text first, then we did.The jury went outside to discuss who won. It turned out that my team won.
On Tuesday, we had a trial of the Three Little Pigs. We had started it late last week. First, we read the book The True Story Of The Three Little Pigs. Then to make a Visual Tug of War, we took information from the book, and together as a table, we came up with reasons for why the wolf could be either guilty or innocent.
The next day we got put into groups. I was on the the lawyers of the innocent team. We took the reasons from the Visual Tug of War (reasons on the innocent side, of course) and separated them into individual groups that relate to each other.
We chose our best three reasons and planned the persuasive text. Each reason would be a whole paragraph – each paragraph had one main reason and a few examples. Also the introduction had a hook and opinion, and the conclusion had the same. Then each person got a paragraph and typed it down on their iPad.
Finally on Tuesday, each team of lawyers read their persuasive text out. The jury had a discussion, and the decision was made. Sadly the guilty side won!
The Trial of the Wolf Summary
We wrote real reasons why the wolf was guilty or innocent on sticky notes and put them on the board for the Visual Tug of War. Then we got sorted into groups of innocent and guilty or a jury member. If you were a lawyer of innocent or guilty, you had to sort the statements into groups of the reasons that are similar.
After that, we could choose the reaons that are powerful and put them on the planning document. Then we could choose one to write on our own I-pad and read it to jury. After the 2 sides have read their persuasive arguments, the jury will decide whether the innocent or the guilty side won the argument.