Marty Martian

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☻I can make a claim and
support it with evidence.
☻I can describe some
characteristics of living things.
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Marty’s Quest
Marty the Martian was sent to
Earth by the Martian government
to find life.
While on Earth, Marty captured a
car and brought it back to Mars.
He thought he found a good
example of life on Earth.
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Marty’s Quest
The Martian government does
not believe that the car Marty
brought back is alive.
Marty must now stand trial for
failing to perform his
duties…and Mars has capital
punishment! 
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Brainstorm
Spend a minute or two
brainstorming on your own.
How can we know if
something is alive or not?
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Your Job
You will either be defending Marty
– trying to prove that he made a
reasonable mistake.
Or you will be prosecuting Marty
– trying to prove that he should have
known the car was not alive.
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Marty Martian Worksheet
- Open Marty Martian in Notability.
- Be sure to open the correct one!
- Marty Martian (Defense)
- OR
- Marty Martian (Prosecution)
- Put it in Unit 3 Life
- Title it: H#, Lastname, Firstname, Marty Martian
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Claims/Evidence Chart: What to Do
1. Think about what it means to be a LIVING thing.
2. Make at least 5 CLAIMS to support your case (see below).
3. Justify EACH claim with EVIDENCE.
DEFENSE
Agrees with/supports Marty
Show why Marty could think that the car IS a living thing
PROSECUTION
Disagrees with Marty
Makes CLAIMS to show that the car IS NOT a living thing
Research
Read over your research documents*
Prepare for your case by completing
the Claims/Evidence Chart.
*Defense: Marty’s Defense Statements
*Prosecution: Textbook (pages 38-41)
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Collaboration
 Share/Compare with your neighbors:
 Make sure you always have evidence
to support your claims.
 Can you come up with more together?
Plan for what you will say tomorrow!
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Jury Duty
 Before we begin, we must select a jury or our peers.
 This must consist of an EQUAL number of persons
from the defense and prosecution to assure a fair trial.
 All jurors are responsible for taking notes throughout
the trial. You will then consult with one another
before determining Marty’s guilt or innocence. Your
task is of the utmost importance, so please do not be a
juror unless you are up to the task!
 If you are interested in being a juror, please raise your
hand.
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Welcome to Court!
Bailiff reads the following:
All rise.
Hear ye, hear ye, the Martian Court for
the District of SLP is in session.
The Honorable Judge Hill presiding.
All having business before this
honorable court draw near, give
attention, and you shall be heard.
You may be seated.
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Rules and Guidelines
During the discussion we…
criticize ideas, NOT people
give examples when possible to help support your
statements
ask questions about what you heard for clarification
remain focused on the evidence
speak only when holding the “talking stick”
have a responsibility to participate
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Welcome to Court: Defense
 The DEFENSE will open with their claims (and
evidence!) first.
 The prosecution will sit quietly and listen*.
 Remember to support your claims with evidence:
 Ex: “I think (CLAIM) because (EVIDENCE).”
*While listening, the prosecution should take notes on things
they would like to respond to when it is their turn.
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Welcome to Court: Prosecution
 Next, the PROSECUTION will state their case and
the defense will sit quietly and listen*.
 Remember to support your claims with evidence:
 Ex: “I think (CLAIM) because (EVIDENCE).”
OR “I disagree with (person or statement)
because (reason).”
*While listening, the prosecution should take notes on things
they would like to respond to when it is their turn.
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Welcome to Court: Open Floor
 After both sides have had a chance to speak, the
floor will be opened to all.
 PLEASE remember to ONLY speak if you have
the “talking stick”.
 After all claims have been made, the jury will give
their ruling.
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Sentence Starters
 I think (CLAIM), because (EVIDENCE).
 I agree with (person or claim),
because (EVIDENCE/REASON).
 I disagree with (person or claim),
because (EVIDENCE/REASON).
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AND THE VERDICT IS……
THE JURY RULES IN FAVOR OF THE
DEFENSE
OR
PROSECUTION
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