Turning Courtrooms into Classrooms

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Turn the class into the next episode of Law & Order! Scholars work together to create a mock trial over the course of several weeks before going before a judge for the case performance. They take on different roles, go through processes such as cross-examinations, and work with witnesses.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Show some documentaries or videos about court cases, so class members can relate what they learn to real-life scenarios
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires quite a bit of prep work
  • Some materials in the beginning of the packet prove more relevant to WA, but the resource easily adapts to whatever format of mock trial happens in your class
Pros

  • Engaging activity teaches about the court system by doing instead of simply reading
  • Builds public speaking, critical thinking, and creative thinking skills
Cons

  • None