May 22, 2014

Youngsters use “Oz” to try out justice system

Fifth-grade students at Tanglewood Elementary School read “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” and then used the book as a tool to study the justice system, look at evidence and learn how investigations are conducted.

In a collaboration of teachers, parents and other volunteers, five classes of fifth-graders from Tanglewood Elementary School in Fort Worth spent a few weeks this spring reading The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and then using the book as a tool to study the justice system, look for details of evidence and learn how forensic investigations are conducted.

In Wednesday’s culmination, two real judges — state District Judge Robb Catalano and Municipal Court Judge Danny Rodgers — presided over trials of Dorothy, accused of killing the Wicked Witch.

Every student had a part to play — jurors, attorneys, munchkins, Winkies, mice, even press photographers.

In the trial in Rodgers’ court, Dorothy was acquitted. But in the other trial, she was convicted.

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