History 10 The Trial of Martin Luther



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History 10


The Trial of Martin Luther

Ladies and gentlemen, you are being asked to recreate the trial of the German Monk, Martin Luther, who has given himself up to the authority of the Catholic Church to address the charges that he is a heretical revolutionary. The year is 1520 and the city is Worms. You will each have a role which will have specific tasks assigned to it.




Prosecution

Defense

Jury

Judge

John *

Zakhar *

Christen

Matt Dean

Nathan*

Jaden *

Cali

Gabby













Witnesses

Witnesses




Sir Thomas More: Kaelyn


Martin Luther: Lily




Anabaptist: Taylor


Henry VIII: Aaron/Zakhar




Pope Leo X: Bernadette


John Huss: Ji-su




Emperor Charles V of the Holy Roman Empire: David/John


John Calvin: Aaron/Jaden




Johan Tetzel: Sandy


Erasmus: Ivy




Ignatius Loyola: Nathan


Anne Boleyn: Shanelle




Neutral Witnesses




Cardinal(s):
News reporter(s):




Research


  • You will conduct research on the trial and, specifically, on the characters you are representing.

  • Most of your research will be done online. Here are some links you might find useful:

    • http://mr_sedivy.tripod.com/rena4.html

    • http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/luther/lutherhome.html

    • http://www.luther.de/en/worms.html

    • http://www.cresourcei.org/creededictworms.html

    • http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0038x8z

    • http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=432a5e8d163897176a7c

Witnesses



  • Before the trial, you will research your character and hand in a one-two page, typed, double-spaced paper that reveals information about your character and his/her actions in the trial.

  • Hand in witness information sheet, which provides a thorough knowledge of your character, i.e., who you are and what you did in the Protestant Reformation.

  • Be prepared to answer the questions given from the defense and prosecution without looking at your sheet.

  • Dress like the person would have dressed.

Jury


  • Prior to the trial, you will research the actual trial of Martin Luther and hand in a one-two page, typed, double-spaced paper recording the events of the trial. It has to be written in your own words.

  • During the trial, you will listen to the evidence and come to a decision (based on historical data). You should take notes during the trial to record what is happening. You must hand these in.

  • After the trial, each jury member will submit a one-two page, typed, double-spaced article for a newspaper that accurately reports on the trial.

Judge:


  • Prior to the trial, you will submit a one-two page, typed, double-spaced paper which provides a thorough background of your character and his/her actions. The judge needs to perform all actions of judges:

    • Set up the classroom as a courtroom

    • Maintain order

    • Ensure fairness through the trial

    • Call witnesses to the stand and swear them in

    • Respond appropriately to objections from the jury

    • Give the charge to the jury

    • Sentence the defendant.

Defense

  • Guide the defendant in his plea.

  • Make the witness list available before the trial. You only have a pool of five witnesses to choose from.

  • Bring all of your “evidence” to the trial.

  • Prepare an opening statement in which you explain to the jury what it is you wish to prove and you describe the situation and what happened so that the jury knows what is going on.

  • When you call up your witnesses (defense) you may ask them up to six questions. (You have to have these questions prepared in advance and you must hand them in.)

  • When you conduct a cross-examination of the prosecution’s witnesses, have a maximum of three questions prepared and ask these to the witness.

  • Prepare and deliver a closing statement to the jury in which you show how you have proven your case beyond a reasonable doubt and why the jury should find the defendant innocent.

  • Hand in opening and closing statements, questions to the witnesses, and notes from the trial.

Prosecution

  • Formulate and give the charge to the judge.

  • Make the witness list available before the trial. You only have a pool of five witnesses to choose from.

  • Bring all of your “evidence” to the trial.

  • Prepare an opening statement in which you explain to the jury what it is you wish to prove and you describe the situation and what happened so that the jury knows what is going on.

  • When you call up your witnesses (prosecution) you may ask them up to six questions. (You have to have these questions prepared in advance and you must hand them in.)

  • When you conduct a cross-examination of the defendant’s witnesses, have a maximum of three questions prepared and ask these to the witness.

  • Prepare and deliver a closing statement to the jury in which you show how you have proven your case beyond a reasonable doubt and why the jury should find the defendant guilty.

  • Hand in opening and closing statements, questions to the witnesses, and notes from the trial.


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