Forensics “Cat Talk” Project Overview
Title: OJ Simpson – Can You Make a Case?
Casey Anthony – Can You Make a Case?
Jon Benet Ramsey – Can You Make a Case?
Atlanta Child Murders – Can You Make a Case?
Others: FBI.org gives some examples
Solved Case: SOLVE IT! (using your (3) pieces of evidence)
Unsolved Case: DEFEND OR OVERRULE THE VERDICT (using your (3) pieces of evidence)
Group Size: Individual student assignment
Deadlines: ____________8:00 am NO EXCEPTION(MUST be submitted correctly)
Presentation Date: ____________
1) Google Slides –
*Submitted to Classroom under CAT TALK SLIDES
2) Research Paper
(Paper, Works Cited = one document)
*Submitted to Classroom under CAT TALK RESEARCH PAPER
3) Survey –
*Submitted to Classroom under CAT TALK SURVEY
Project Idea: Forensics
- Choose (3) types of forensics evidence of your interest that we have covered.
- Research your case: Be prepared to have extensive knowledge about how the
(3)three types of evidence you have chosen impacted this case. You MUST focus on
these three pieces of evidence in your presentation.
- Determine if you support the verdict or the outcome of the case.
- Present your argument in support or not to the class on stage being recorded in Ted Talks format.
- Create Google Slides presentation (5 slides ONLY) EVIDENCE (Use Google Slides)
Slide 1 Name
Slide 2-4 Different evidence (3) on each slide. Pictures only of the evidence.
Slide 5 There must be a graph, or chart referring to your survey.
Turn in to Google Classroom
- Research Paper – THE CASE
- What happened? How media impacted this case? Etc. Do you think it made a difference? Why? Two FULL pages typed with a TITLE ONLY at the top. Single space only! 14 font or less
- Works Cited (MLA and will be graded by an English teacher) (page 3)
- Must be checked on turnitin.com with 15% or less. Corrected grammar!
- Turn in final copy to Google Classroom.
- Survey - Create a 10 question survey about this case sent to minimum of (50) individuals. You must keep a detailed question and answer document (questions and responses) on each survey. **You must have at least 25 results! Utilize google forms for this survey.
You MUST: Under settings…..
- Check Collect e-mail addresses
- Check Limit to one response
You take the first survey so that your name shows on the results spread sheet.
Turn in spread sheet proof of survey.
- Go to your responses, click on the green cross.
- Title the Document with your name.
- Copy the URL
- Turn in the URL to Google Classroom as a link (NOT COMMENT)
- Present your case in Ted Talk format in the PAC. (5 min) Must be present or deduction will be taken.
Driving Question (DQ): After researching your case, how can you as a forensics scientist
support or not support the verdict?
- Various comparison/contrast graphs that inter-relate your (3) evidence selections.
- Using technology and social media to obtain data.
- Proof that evidence supported/not supported the outcome.
Choosing which types of evidence to use
- Cat Talks Presentation – speaking skills (look up TED TALKS for examples)
- “CAT” (Ted) Talks Forensics Style, create open forum for the Cat Talk.
- Google Forms
Can you make a case?
TED Talk Resources:
How to write a TED Talk: We can steal from this and create something that is more applicable for the high school students…
http://storage.ted.com/tedx/manuals/IllustratedTEDxSpeakerGuide.pdf (this is amazing!!!)
TED Talks by brilliant kids & teens: https://www.ted.com/playlists/129/ted_under_20
Resources to help students write/present their talks:
Where all the TED ED Videos Live, also a place you (and/or students) can create TED-ED Lessons
Sample Questions: OJ
Possible Survey Questions: These are just suggestions!
- What is your age
- Are you familiar with the OJ Simpson Case?
- Very little
- Very Familiar
- OJ Simpson was found:
- Not Guilty
- Did you agree with the verdict
- Did you watch the OJ Simpson original case on television?
- Do you think it was a racially biased verdict?
- Do you think the media affected the verdict of the case
- What was the most compelling piece of evidence in your opinion?
- Do you think the evidence was handled properly in this case
- In your opinion, did the lawyer do a thorough job?
- Do you think the jury understood DNA?
- What are your comments on this case?