Tuesday, December 12, 2017

In Defense of the Grinch

How the Grinch Stole Christmas is one of my favorite holiday stories. I'm a sucker for characters who change their behavior and become good. :) There are so many activities you can do with this story, one of my favorites is to have the students think like a lawyer and defend the Grinch. My students were not familiar with the vocabulary of a judge, jury, courtroom, lawyers. So we looked at pictures from the courtroom and watched a court case in action.

Then the students finished the sentence--"The Grinch should not go to jail because....". I know it's easy to talk about why what he did was wrong, but defending his actions take a little more thinking.



  1. Did this today with my first graders then with my fifth graders. I was surprised how well my little ones did. I got some great answers. Thank you for your blog--it's one of my favorites.

  2. Thank you Justine! I really appreciate the comment. Glad it worked well for your kiddos! :)