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Sherman on Trial

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Matt Baker

on 31 May 2018

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Transcript of Sherman on Trial

Sherman on Trial
Materials
- March to the Sea Sheet
- Laptop

Objectives
I can determine whether or not Sherman is guilty of war crimes

Opener
Course Reflection

- Graded on honesty & completeness
Sherman's March Context
- South could not win the war but was unwilling to surrender
- Vicksburg & Gettysburg
- Bloody conflict had lasted 4 years
- Hundreds of thousands dead & wounded
- Union (North) wants to break the Southern fighting spirit
Sherman on Trial
Roles:
- 2 Prosecuting Lawyers (Sherman committed crimes)
- 2 Defense Lawyers (Sherman was justified)
- 1 Judge
- 6 Witnesses
- 4 Jury
Read & Decide
Do the short reading about Sherman's March to the Sea. Based on what you know about the Civil War and the reading, decide if William Sherman was guilty of war crimes.
Glory Burning Darien Scene
Roles
I need:
1 Judge
2 Prosecutors (He's Guilty)
2 Defense lawyers (He's innocent)
6 Witnesses (Testify)
4 Jury Members (decide if he's guilty)
How a Trial Works
Opening Statements
Witnesses Testify
- Lawyers ask Qs to prove point
Closing Statements
Jury deliberates & decides
Rest of Class
Fill out the sheet and prepare for the trial.

Witnesses:
Should accurately share your opinion on the war/Sherman's March
Lawyers:
Ask Qs of witnesses to prove guilt/innocence
Judge:
Set up and order the trial so it runs smoothly
Jury:
Research perspectives on the March to the Sea
Trial Day 2
Opener: Take 10 minutes to finish your case/role

Trial
Writing Prompt
On the back of your sheet:

Was Sherman justified in his March to the Sea? Why?
Rest of Class
Finish The Revenant
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