Class Agenda #48 – Analyzing the Evidence, “The Case Against Adnan” Discussion

Opener –  

  • Round 1- A word that comes to mind
  • Get out your NOTEBOOK (Can Be Digital) DON’T NEEEEEEEEED a computer.
  • #510 “About To Die” The Dirty Projectors (2011 – 4:01 )
  • Notebooks, Seats, Writing Utensil
  • 5 (Min) Write- Analyze the cartoon. 
    • Step 1- Explain it in your own words
    • Step 2- What specific detail from the cartoon made you say your word about it?
  • Share Out (2)
  • Mini-Lesson
  • Review Analysis, Individual Time and Group Time
    • SLT- I can work in small groups to analyze evidence in Episode #6 of Serial “The Case Against Adnan” and evaluate its importance.
  • Analyzing is a two step process.
    • Step 1- Restate the evidence in your own words. If there is a quote, restate the quote in your own words. If it is an interpretation of a passage or graph, restate the interpretation in your own words.
  • Step 2- Explain how the evidence links to or supports your argument.
    • Some would say this is the most important part.

PROMPT- After hearing “The Case Against Adnan,” how did the Prosecution and Jury Convict him?

  • Evaluate the best pieces of evidence that helped convict Adnan. (Left Side of Your T)
  • Analyze why this evidence worked.

Individual Work (10 Min)- Preparing for your discussion-

    1. Evaluate the evidence- in your T CHART
      • Evaluate (rank) the evidence from Most Critical to Least.
      • Evaluate which piece of evidence MOST Counters your claim.
      • Explain why.
    3. Make sure your Analysis (The Right Side) is precise and accurate.

Group Discussions and Synthesis (10 Minutes)

  1. Using “The Final Word Protocol”
  2. First Round- What would you Evaluate (rank) as the Most Critical to piece of evidence and The Analysis?
  3. Second Round- What would you Evaluate (rank) as another crucial piece of evidence and The Analysis?

Group Synthesis (15 Minutes)- Use a Large Piece of Paper to Evaluate (rank) the evidence from your Groups’ case for or against Adnan.

What w’ve done this week:

  • Class Work-
    • Set up a T Chart
    • Left Side- What is the mounting evidence for Adnan’s Guilt? Describe it.
    • Right Side- Analyze how the prosecution could use this evidence against him? Analyze it.
      • Put the evidence in your own words
      • Explain how or link to how the evidence proves Adnan’s guilt or innocence.
  • CFUs- Turn and Talk
    • What is the significance of one of your pieces of evidence?
  1.  Exit Ticket- Self Reflect- How comfortable are you Analyzing evidence to identify counter claims?


Practice note taking by reading articles from the #validus. Work on Cornell Notes in your notebook.

Add the Summary at the end of your notes.

Bonus for the Brave- Summarize your article in the Comments section.

Be Precise in your language.

Share Out

1 thought on “Class Agenda #48 – Analyzing the Evidence, “The Case Against Adnan” Discussion

  1. Rosalva Rivera

    Title: “Why 160 Immigrant Teens Call An Old Bus Depot ‘School’”
    Summary- Education and school are both very important to many individuals. With an education many are able to have a great life and move forward. In the article “Why 160 Immigrant Teens Call An Old Bus Depot ‘School’” on December 3, 2014 the author Julia Longoria indicates the reason for which many students call an old bus depot a school in Hempstead. On October 22, 2014 classes began for those students who had been turned away by the district due to overcrowding. Students who were unable to attend Hempstead High School were sent to an old bus depot in the upstairs office spaces instead, in which they called it a school. Aside from being sent to an old bus depot they appeared to be insulted at the level of the instructional material. The state indicates that the district had to find a way to fix the problem and make the best for students to attend school. Education is very important to many students, it is a way in which they are able to succeed in life and an opportunity given that may not be given in other countries.


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