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English: To Kill a Mockingbird Research: 10: Criminal Court & 6th Amendment

10: Task

Major Criminal Court Procedures and the Sixth Amendment: Right to Counsel (Atticus defending Tom Robinson) and Right to a Jury Trial (Right to a Jury of Your Peers)

Directions: Use this note sheet to record your research findings on the following questions:

  • Summarize the major points of the Sixth Amendment, and explain the rights it ensures and protects for every individual charged with a crime.

  • What challenges to the amendment have been raised, and how has the amendment been interpreted differently throughout history?

  • In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Tom Robinson is a black man who has been charged with rape. His jury will be all white farmers. Based on your research on the Sixth Amendment, what are some problems you can see coming up in his trial that would show he won’t be tried fairly and his rights may have been denied?


After researching and taking detailed notes independently, you and your classmates with the same topic will collaborate to create a script and video that highlights your research findings. Plan out your video script using this script organizerNote: Only one member of your group will need to make a copy of this. They will share their copy with all group members.

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