NCSS Notable Trade Book Lesson Plan
The Cupcake Thief
Written by Ellen Jackson
Melinda Odom Staubs
Jacksonville State University
The Cupcake Thief explains the workings of the U.S. court system in an easy and meaningful way. When a cupcake disappears and a student is blamed, the teacher turns the classroom into a courtroom in order to determine the student’s guilt or innocence. Comparisons are made between Student Court and the United States’ court system as the reader goes through the text. Helpful information boxes, placed throughout the text, explain relevant terminology and facts related to the court system. Students explore the U.S. judicial system and relevant terminology through active participation in Reader’s Theater and a simulated classroom court system. They identify aspects of the judicial system by constructing a juror’s experience through journal writing.