We read the book Cry, The Beloved Country by Alan Paton in 10th grade English. In the novel, a character accidentally kills someone, but because he is black in South Africa, he does not receive a fair trial. So we give him one! The kids use the book as evidence and get really into it...so great!!
I give them a direction sheet, and the order the trial will go in. They get several days to plan, and they will get to ask witnesses questions and such. I am the judge/jury :)
This is the graphic organizer I give them to prepare :)
If you're reading this book, and want to do this, just check out my unit plan for CTBC!