150+ intermediate students at Gananoque Intermediate and Secondary School have been studying the novel The Outsiders for the past four weeks.
The students have enjoyed the novel immensely. Their energy and passion for the book has inspired our expansive and epic culminating assignment “The Trial of Johnny Cade”.
Even though Johnny Cade is a fictional character from S.E. Hinton's novel, we are going to make this as real as possible. It requires everyone to "get into role".
Students will become the witnesses, the barristers, the solicitors, judge, jury, social media, the press, forensic teams and sketch artists.
Students will have just over a week to prepare themselves. With the guidance, knowledge and experience of community members, intermediate teachers and high school teachers, students will immerse themselves into the roles.
They will work with community artists, police officers, lawyers.
They will find themselves in the high school science labs, law classes and art studios.
The rigorous training and collaboration will make the event seem a reality.
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Watch this video to learn how the assignment was introduced to students.