(you may have to clear the history on a shared device first)
Learning Goal: Students will review the trial process, amendments affecting minority groups in the American political process, and landmark Supreme Court Cases.
SS.7.C.2.6: Simulate the trial process and the role of juries in the administration of justice.
SS.7.C.3.7: Analyze the impact of the 13th, 14th, 15th, 19th, 24th, and 26th amendments on participation of minority groups in the American political process.
SS.7.C.3.12: Analyze the significance and outcomes of landmark Supreme Court cases including, but not limited to, Marbury v. Madison, Plessy v. Ferguson, Brown v. Board of Education, Gideon v. Wainwright, Miranda v. Arizona, in re Gault, Tinker v. Des Moines, Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier, United States v. Nixon, and Bush v. Gore.
12 Angry Men Questions and Discussion
CLICK HERE to read about the Jury Selection process. This information is essential in understanding some of the bigger issues in this film.
We will pause after about 10 minutes to answer questions 1-4
1. What do all of the 12 jurors have in common?
2. What does this (what they have in common) tell us about the time period in which this film was made?
3. Which Constitutional amendments and Supreme Court cases might relate to some of the issues in this movie from the questions above?
4. What is the actual job of the jury in the film? (What do they have to decide, and how must they do it?)
5. What are some of the key pieces of evidence considered by the jurors?
6. What does the film suggest about eyewitness testimony? What are your own opinions on eyewitness testimony?
7. What is “reasonable doubt” and why is it so important in a criminal trial?
8. What are some examples of juror bias found in the film?
We will answer the following questions AFTER the movie is over:
9. Was there anything about the movie that surprised you? Explain why or why not.
10. Why is the job of a juror so important?
11. Would you want to serve on a jury? Why or why not?