In eighth grade Humanities students put Stalin on trial for being a war criminal and the abuse of the people of the Soviet Union. This simulation was part of a unit on Power and Control, in which students explore dictatorial regimes, how these types of governments arise, their inherent dangers, and how people are controlled by them.
Students represented either a witness or lawyer for the defense or prosecution. They had to compile research on their assigned character, create questions to defend or cross examine and role play in the trial.
Seventh grade students served as the jury, determining whether Stalin was innocent or guilty based upon which side was more persuasive. While both sides did an amazing job, the prosecution was found to have been the most persuasive and Stalin was found guilty.