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Lunchroom Fight II

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Chad Nichols

on 1 October 2014

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Transcript of Lunchroom Fight II

Handout Instructions
1) Read through the background information and all the sources' accounts.

2) Then go back and identify pieces of context that shed light on who started the

3) Write each piece of context in the correct part of the first column of the handout.

Example: From the background information, we learn that
Justin’s father fired Max’s
mom and dad
Write that in the
Town Context
part of the handout.

Read & Compare
Today you’re going to receive new evidence from eyewitnesses and others connected to the fight in the lunchroom.

You're going to reconstruct the evidence in order to figure out who should get
suspended for starting the fight.

In order to figure that out, you’re going to need to read and compare multiple pieces of evidence in order to figure which are more reliable and how they all fit together to fill out the story of what happened in the lunchroom that day.

You will also have to consider
What is context?
Context is the
details surrounding an event, idea, conversation or any other kind of situation.

Example: "It's so hot today, I would strangle a kitten for a cold drink." If someone said, "Coach Nichols said he would strangle a kitten in class today," that's not the whole story. We get in trouble when we leave out context.
Possible Answers
Outer Circle (Town):
• Justin’s dad fired Max’s mom and dad.
• The economy is not strong.
• Max mentors younger boys and helps out at church.
• Justin has moved around a lot.

Inner Circle (School)
• Justin is a new kid and shy.
• Max is popular but lately has been depressed and withdrawn.
• Max and his friends are mean to Justin in the hall and glare at him in
English class.
• There is tension in the school as a result of the reorganization plan.

Inner Circle (Lunchroom)
• The fight happened while the boys were in line.
• Max pushed Justin.
• Justin punched Max.
• Max and his friends were joking around.
Context Plays a Role
What do you think about: Max, Justin, their parents, Max's friend, Jamie, the lunchroom worker, Anthony, Jamie's girlfriend, and the English teacher?

Context plays a huge role in painting a full picture
of what happened and why.

If you eliminate all the “unreliable” evidence, you would throw away some critical contextual information (e.g., that Justin moved around a lot or that Max’s friends think he’s weird).

It would be difficult to paint a full picture of what happened using only the information in the “reliable” evidence (because bystanders typically see the events from a distance).

Even if you believe a source is mostly unreliable, it may still contain some useful information.
Lunchroom Fight II
Reconstructing Evidence
When we did the first Lunch-
room Fight activity, we focused
on sourcing. You wondered
two accounts of the same event
could be different if no one was
. You considered why some
accounts might be more reliable or
trustworthy than others.
Now, fill in the 2nd
and 3rd columns.
Finally, fill out the Suspension Report with the
name of the person you think started the
fight. Remember to use terms like
source, reliable, corroborate, and evidence
in your writing.
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