On a sheet of paper, recreate the chart below. Using the book, fill in the chart IN THE
ORDER IN WHICH THINGS HAPPENED.
The Plot — Basic Situation
3. The sea is the Caribbean Sea.
1. Rainsford loses his balance and falls into the sea.
8. Rainsford builds a Malay man-catcher.
1. Rainsford confronts Zaroff in his bedroom. Resolution
1. Rainsford has never slept in a more comfortable bed.
Students will articulate and evaluate ideas in class discussion. Additional Learning
Students will work cooperatively in groups to plan a presentation. Objective(s):
61 to 90 Minutes Approximate Duration of
The book, The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell, Materials and Equipment:
courtroom role-playing materials: judge's gavel and robe, other courtroom materials as needed (e.g. "legal documents" and "evidence")
camcorder to record the trial for critique, TV and VCR for Technology Resources
playback (optional) Needed:
Students must have read The Most Dangerous Game, by Richard Background/Preparation:
Connell, and participated in a class discussion of the literary elements of the story, such as plot, tone, mood, character, setting, and theme.
1.)Students will form groups based on their choice of the roles Procedures/Activities:
they will research/portray (i.e. Prosecution, Defense, Jury (along with one person who will serve as Judge), Bailiff, Court Reporter, etc.)
2.)Prosecutors -- These students will write an opening statement,
questions for the witnesses, and a closing statement. They will also determine who three of the witnesses will be.
Defense -- same as prosecutors
Jury -- These students, along with the Judge will develop a chart which will include various "proofs" of guilt and innocence. They will listen throughout the trial to determine whether the defendant (Mr. Sangor Rainsford) is guilty or innocent.
Witnesses -- These students must have knowledge about the story and be able to make inferences.
Court Reporters -- These students must have good penmanship
and listening skills. They will take turns being responsible for writing what is happening in the court room.
Bailiffs - These students will be responsible for organizing the courtroom. They will "swear" in the witnesses.
3.)Show Time! (Your School) vs. Sanger Rainsford
Students will carry out the court case and a verdict will be determined at the end.
4.)As a follow-up activity, have students critique the other groups in a written analysis paper or in class discussion. If a camcorder
is available, it is helpful to have taped the trial so that it can be shown on the VCR.