Getting Ready for Trial

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A courtroom can be a scary place for the uninitiated. Get familiar with the process using a helpful overview of the activities that take place prior to both civil and criminal cases.  The lesson explains the differences between civil and criminal cases and also describes many of the possible outcomes of cases before they go to trial—an important consideration in the field of criminology. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Supplement classroom discussion or a presentation by assigning the page as an outside reading 
Classroom Considerations
  • Serves as one part in a series of six lessons called on how the courts Work
  • Elevated reading level is better for high schoolers
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
Pros
  • With only four questions, the interactive quiz is a quick way to assess understanding
  • Highlights and links key terms to a glossary of definitions
Cons
  • Small font size is difficult to read at times, and navigation is confusing

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