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Monarchy on Trial

A Nach Project

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Introduction

The HCLU, the Hebrew Civil Liberties Union, has brought a case to the Sanhedrin against monarchy in Israel and Judah. They claim that it violates the Torah, the Jewish Constitution, because it leads people to sin. They would prefer that this form of government be abolished altogether.


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Task


Compose a legal briefing followed by a complete presentation either for the Plaintiff, Against Monarchy, or for the Defense, in Favor of Monarchy. The 2 best presentations for the Plaintiff and Defense will participate in a mock trial in which the rest of the class will serve as the Elders of the Sanhedrin to decide the case.



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Process


  1. First, you will work alone composing your legal briefing. The position you will be required to take either for the Plaintiff or the Defense will be randomly chosen. This briefing should be between 1-2 pages, size 12 font, double spaced, and reference sources from the books of Devarim, Shoftim, Shemuel, and at least 2 kings in support of your position. It should also contain your own analysis and opinion. This briefing should be submitted to TurnItIn one week after it is assigned. Instructions for inserting to TurnItIn appear below under resources.
  2. You will then be divided into groups of 2-3 students based on the position you took for the plaintiff or the defense. Each group will be given their own blank Wiki page to work on.
  3. Each group should create a Wiki page for your presentation. This page may be decorated to match the theme the group is presenting.
  4. This page should include:
    • Scribd documents of your legal briefings,
    • A Slideshare or Prezi presentation embedded on the page,
    • Relevant Internet links,
    • 2 Wiki Discussion questions for other students to answer,
    • At least 5 pieces of evidence embedded on the page.
      • The evidence can be in the form of text, pictures, paintings or drawings, video, or music.
      • You may use items that you find from the Internet (with proper citation) but at least one piece of evidence should be created by you.
      • The evidence should be prominently showcased on your wiki page and also may be included as a part of your Slideshare/Prezi presentation.
  5. The presentation is due on Thursday, November 12 at 9AM. You will have at least 2 classroom periods to work on this project with the rest of the presentation to be completed on your own time.
  6. These presentations will count as a test grade and will be graded based on the rubric below. The 2 best groups will then present a mock trial in class with the winning group receiving 5 points extra credit on this assignment.

Groups for Part 2


אסא Team - For Monarchy



יהושפט Team- For Monarchy



יאשיהו Team- For Monarchy



זמרי Team- Against Monarchy



עמרי Team- Against Monarchy




מנשה Team- Against Monarchy





Resources


Remember to use the Prezi from the wiki page and your classroom notes to compose your arguments.
In addition, here is a partial list of resources to help you in your project.




    Evaluation

    The project will be graded based on the following rubric:
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    Effectiveness
    Wiki page includes all material needed to gain a comfortable understanding of the topic. It is a highly effective study guide.
    Wiki page includes most material needed to gain a comfortable understanding of the material but is lacking one or two key elements. It is an adequate study guide.
    Wiki page is missing more than two key elements. It would make an incomplete study guide.
    Wiki page is lacking several key elements and has inaccuracies that make it a poor study guide.
    Originality
    Presentation shows considerable originality and inventiveness. The content and ideas are presented in a unique and interesting way.
    Presentation shows some originality and inventiveness. The content and ideas are presented in an interesting way.
    Presentation shows an attempt at originality and inventiveness on 1-2 cards.
    Presentation is a rehash of other people's ideas and/or graphics and shows very little attempt at original thought.
    Sequencing of Information
    Information is organized in a clear, logical way. It is easy to anticipate the type of material that might be on the next card.
    Most information is organized in a clear, logical way. One card or item of information seems out of place.
    Some information is logically sequenced. An occasional card or item of information seems out of place.
    There is no clear plan for the organization of information.
    Evidence
    All evidence is attractive (size and colors) and supports the theme/content of the presentation.
    A few of the pieces of evidence are not attractive but all support the theme/content of the presentation.
    All evidence is attractive but a few do not seem to support the theme/content of the presentation.
    Several pieces of evidence are unattractive AND detract from the content of the presentation.
    Legal Briefing
    Legal briefing is exceptionally well written, persuasive, and presents all sources necessary to support your argument.
    Legal briefing is well written, mostly persuasive, and presents most of the sources necessary to support your argument.
    Legal briefing is adequately written, sometimes persuasive, and presents some of the sources necessary to support your argument.
    Legal briefing is not well written, not persuasive, and does not present most of the sources necessary to support your argument.