[PHOTO] Seventh Graders Put Fictional Character On Trial

CLARK — While reading “The Outsiders” by S.E. Hinton, students in Arielle Wegbreit’s seventh grade class at Carl H. Kumpf Middle School in Clark put a fictional character, Johnny Cade (Greaser), on trial for the murder of another fictional character, Bob Sheldon (Social) on Wednesday, Nov. 20. Half of the class became the Socials and argued that Johnny should be convicted of murder, while the other half became Greasers and argued that Johnny was performing self-defense. This exercise was meant to help students explore the differences between the two groups Hinton follows throughout the novel. Students had to work together and use a multitude of textual evidence to persuade the judge—Miss Wegbreit—of Johnny’s fate. In the picture above, period 8/9 Socs listen intently while Lorenzo De Paz recites his opening statement in favor of convicting Johnny during the trial. (Photo courtesy of Clark Public Schools)


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