In this activity, you will consider the value of that warning from
the perspective of various interest groups. After considering these
viewpoints, you will make your own decision and try to persuade others
to adopt your viewpoint.
Your teacher will assign you to one of the following groups:
Meet with the other members of your group. For the duration of this this activity, set aside your personal opinion of Miranda warnings, and think about the case from the perspective of an individual who is a member of your assigned group.
What is your position about the requirement of Miranda warnings? Consider the following:
As a group, write an outline of your position. Each person should
make a copy of this outline, as students will need their own copy for
the next step.
Form a “jigsaw group” composed of students who represent each of the
groups. Discuss your viewpoints, keeping in mind that each individual
should argue from the assigned perspective. Can your new group reach a
consensus? On what aspects of the issue do you agree? On which aspects
do you disagree? All members of the group should take notes.
The teacher will conduct a discussion to debrief the class.
Now that you have heard many different perspectives on
the issue, you are in a position to develop your own, educated opinion
regarding the requirement that suspects be read the Miranda warning. Convince other members of the general public to adopt your
personal viewpoint on this issue by completing one of the assignments
below. In your product, clearly state and support your position.
Write an editorial.
Create a political cartoon.
Write a speech to be delivered to an audience. On a separate sheet
of paper, write a paragraph in which you describe the target audience
and the speech techniques used.
Create a brochure or print advertisement. Your brochure should
contain visuals and text. On a separate sheet of paper, write a
paragraph in which you explain the message, the target audience, and the
propaganda techniques used.
Create a storyboard for a television commercial. On a separate sheet
of paper, write a paragraph in which you explain the message, the
target audience, the propaganda techniques, and the video and audio