The 20 enjoyable, interactive classroom activities that are included will help your students understand the text in amusing ways. Fun Classroom Activities include group projects, games, critical thinking activities, brainstorming sessions, writing poems, drawing or sketching, and more that will allow your students to interact with each other, be creative, and ultimately grasp key concepts from the text by "doing" rather than simply studying.
1. Death Penalty Debate
Divide the class into two groups and have a debate about whether a person like Lester Ballard should be put to death. Is he clearly insane, or does he seem to understand what he is doing? Make sure the class understands the parameters for the insanity defense in this country.
Have each student bring in a song that reminds them of Lester Ballard. Play them in class, having each student explain first why they chose the song.
3. Ballard Couture
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