Posted: March 25th, 2021
After viewing these 12 Angry Men video clips, create a Word document and answer the following questions.
Clip 1. The judge has given the jury their instructions. They have assembled in the jury room and are just settling down to the business at hand. This scene introduces us to most of jurors. You’ll probably recognize several of the actors. As you watch, notice the group roles being performed by the various jurors. It will probably be helpful to print out the group roles sheet in this week’s Content. It is very helpful to watch the clips more than once. Respond to each set of questions before going on to the next clip.
There were some discriminatory comments that will be interesting to follow up on in later clips and discussion. For now, let’s discuss the following questions:
Clip 2: As the group seems to be in the Storming stage, they continue to go around the table.
Clip 3. We learn more about the facts in the case in the following segment.
Clip 4. They have gone around the table and each person has had a turn. No one has changed their mind as we watch what happens next.
Clip 5. Although there is still conflict, the group has moved into the Performing stage.
Clip 6: The group continues to examine the evidence in the case. Most of them are now working collaboratively together.
Clips 7 & 8. The jury continues to deliberate but seems to be stuck, when this scene opens. The noise of rain can be heard in the background.
The group goes on to discuss the possibility that since the woman saw the murder scene immediately after she got out of bed, she probably wasn’t wearing her glasses. The fact that she wasn’t wearing her glasses casts serious doubt, for most of the jurors, that she could have clearly seen the murder and identified the murderer. Two members change their vote to not guilty, leaving one lone juror voting guilty.
Clip 9. The picture that the lone juror tore up is of him and his son. He had previously said that he and his son hadn’t spoken for years, and that his son was “rotten”.
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