Saturday, October 31, 2009

Felon: Justice - Law

Watch the first segment from the movie Felon and discuss the questions that follow:

1. Describe the scene.

2. Did Wade Porter, the main character, do the right thing?

3. What should happen to him?

4. Should he go to jail? Why (not)?

Vocabulary Building:

Work with a partner and match the words and the definitions about Law:

1. Sue (v)

2. Jury (n)

3. Defendant (n)

4. Judge (n)

5. Arson (n)

6. Manslaughter (n)

7. Witness (n)

8. Verdict (n)

9. Trial (n)

10. Evidence (n)

11. Lawyer, Attorney (n)

12. Convict (v)

13. Sentence (n)

14. Prosecutor (n)

15. Defense Attorney (n)

( ) The punishment.

( ) One or more reasons for believing that something is or is not true.

( ) A person who is in charge of a trial in court and decides how a person who is guilty should be punished.

( ) To decide officially in a court of law that someone is guilty of a crime.

( ) the crime of killing a person by someone who did not intend to do it.

( ) A group pf people who have been chosen to to listen to all the facts in a trial to decide whether a person is guilty or not guilty.

( ) Someone whose job is to give advice to people about the law and speak for them in court.

( ) To take legal action against a person or organization because of some harm they have caused you.

( ) The attorney that defends someone of committing a crime in a Court of law.

( ) The attorney the accuses someone of committing a crime in a court of law.

( ) The hearing of statements and showing of objects to judge whether a person is guilty of a crime.

( ) A person who sees a crime or an accident.

( ) A person who is accused of having done something illegal.

( ) The crime of intentionally start a fire in order to damage or destroy something.

( ) An opinion or decision made after judging the facts at the end of a trial.

Answer key: 13, 10, 4, 12, 6, 2, 11, 1, 15, 14, 9, 7, 3, 5, 8

Watch the second segment. Talk to a partner about the questions that follow:

1. Describe what happened during the scene.

2. What is the officer accusing Wade of?

3. Was it a self-defense crime, in your opinion?

4. Who's right? The officer or Wade?

5. Would it be fair for him to go to jail despite the circumstances of the crime?

The Trial:

Divide the class into two groups.

One group is the prosecution and the other one is the defense.

Come up with a case either defending or accusing the defendant to present the jury (a group of students), who will decide and tell the judge (the teacher) the main character's sentence, based on the evidence and argumentation presented by the students. 



  1. Hi everybody! Can anybody help me? I'm used to work with movie segments and I love working with them, but I'm having difficulties in downloadind this movie segment. In some other posts there was a link saying: "worksheet" and "download movie segment" but I can neither find the link or download the video. Thanks in advance

  2. Dear Gisela,
    The link has been provided at the end of the post.
    By the way, I, Claudio Azevêdo, am the only one resposible for the blog, so there is no "everybody" here. I wish I had some help, but I do everything myself, OK? See you.

  3. There is a link to the segment but non to the worksheet.