Beowulf mock trial

On the mornings of March 7th and March 8th, all sophomores in Ms. Mirabella’s 3rd and 8th period classes rose to commence the beginning of the Beowulf mock trial. The prosecution and the defending teams were made up of 2 student lawyers who argued, investigated, questioned, examined, cross examined and redirected. The defense strove to prove that Beowulf is an innocent, epic hero who protected his people; the prosecution attempted to demonstrate that Beowulf is a murderer, seeking fame and gold only. Over the course of two days, the jury watched with keen eyes as the courtroom became more intense. As new evidence was unveiled and presented day after day, the two teams worked harder to challenge their opposing side. On the final day, the jury voted anonymously, writing either “guilty” of “not guilty” on a piece of paper. Ms. Mirabella carefully reviewed and tallied the responses in order to reach a verdict. Monday, March 13th, the sophomores waited anxiously to hear the final outcome during morning announcements. Sr. Jeannie’s voice was heard over the loud speaker: “the jury of Ms. Mirabella’s 3rd period class finds Beowulf to be not guilty; the jury of the 8th period class finds Beowulf to be guilty.” Both teams were ecstatic as they realized that their hard work has paid off. Ms. Mirabella rewarded the winning teams with awards – homework passes. This was truly an epic way to end a unit on the epic poem Beowulf.