This strategy will help students to:
- The Judge Jury provides feedback to both teachers and students as to how well they have researched the topic. It is a great activity to build students’ public speaking skills.
- This is a strategy that involves students arguing a case on a debatable issue in the setting of a court. It requires two students to analyse the issue from the opposite perspectives and then prepare and present their opposing cases. A third student listens and evaluates both viewpoints and delivers his/her verdict.
A debatable issue is chosen by the teacher, such as ‘Drugs in sport are inevitable, so should be allowed’.
Assign a number to each students being 1, 2, or 3. If there is a shortage of numbers, the teacher could either fill in the numbers or assign the remaining students as number 3s.
- RESEARCH AND PLANNING
- Number 1s re the defence, number 2s are the prosecution, number 3s are the judges
- The students individually research/prepare their case.
- The number 1s (‘defence counsellors’) meet in groups of three-five to prepare their case.
- The number 2s (‘the prosecutors’) meet separately in groups of three-five to prepare their case.
- The ‘judges’ meet to discuss the main points of the case, to anticipate the points of the defence and the prosecution and it develop the criteria for deciding the case.
- COURT HEARING
- The number 1s are allowed 90 seconds to present the defence’s case to the judge. After allowing time for the judges to make some notes, a 90 second argument is presented by the prosecution. Note: To foster courtroom atmosphere, ask both parties to refer to the judge as ‘Your Honour’.
- Again, after allocating time for the judges to make some notes, the number 1s are allowed a 30 second right of reply.
- The judges are allowed one minute to complete their judgement and then present their findings one by one to the class. The judges may begin their address with:
“After considering the views of the defence and the prosecution, I find in favour of…”
The judges must then justify their decision by evaluating the arguments of the defence and the prosecution.
- A master of the arguments for and against may be recorded on the whiteboard during the judgements for students to record in their notebooks.