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This is a fun activity to help students analyze a classic short story and practice using logical evidence and reason in persuasive writing and speech. NOTICE that this "Insanity Plea" activity is included in the Psychotic Short Stories unit, so don't purchase both as you'd be paying twice for the s
The Trial of SpongeBob SquarePants is a fun activity to help students practice using logical evidence and reason (logos) in persuasive writing and speech. The Common Core State Standards for seventh, eighth, and ninth grades mention the word "evidence" nearly twenty times! But one of the things my
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This lesson will provide students with an introductory framework from which to understand the judiciary process. Students will delve into the fundamental aspects of a courtroom such as: the basic structure and lay-out of a courtroom, the function of different roles (judge, jury, defense, prosecutor)
This product includes graphic organizers to help your students gather ideas and information to present in a formal trial-like manner. You can use any literature story or informational text with this packet. Put a character or a historical figure on trial for crimes they've committed. The possibiliti
Would you like to see your students rise to the highest of expectations? Watch your students transform into lawyers pushing the envelope of persuasion, witnesses carefully building a case, or judge/jury to conduct it fairly and appropriately. Do you want to have some of the most fun in your teaching
My students read "Lamb to the Slaughter" by Roald Dahl every fall and this mock trial is always a lesson they remember and ask to do over and over. Unfortunately it doesn't fit with every piece of literature. The lesson requires close reading, critical thinking, argument writing, oral communicatio
Check out my blog post describing how I use this in my room!!! :) The Genre's Court Welcome to The Genre's Court! My students absolutely love going to court and defending their genres. We introduce and/or review genres about every 3 weeks with which we culminate the week with a trip to “the genr
Who Killed Julianne Stevens? Your students will use clues and reasoning to venture their guess and then write a summary of their hypothesis. Some students will get it right and some will get it wrong, but every student will enjoy this mystery and the writing that goes along with it. This is an excel
Overview: This mock trial bundle has graphic organizers designed to help middle school classes transition from written arguments to verbal interactive debating. Specifically, I use this to support imagining an “other” when designing an argument rather than writing in a vacuum as is often required o
Students use printable information cards with facts about landmark Supreme Court cases that have helped define the juvenile justice system in the United States in order to compare and contrast the adult and juvenile justice systems. They then act as judge for three juvenile cases where they must us
Help your students to better understand the judicial branch with this fun, yet educational reader's theatre script. Important vocabulary words are presented throughout the script and students are given the opportunity to decide the verdict! Thank you! Fabulous Fun in Fourth
Mel Gapinski has been murdered! Your students can bring justice for this crime by playing as lawyers and witnesses in this mock trial. The packet includes 6 witness statements, the charging document and stipulations, 4 exhibits including an autopsy report/results of DNA testing, and a simplified rul
In this mock trial, your students will act as court officials, witnesses, and jurors to determine if Snow White murdered Prince Charming. What could have driven her to such a crime? And did she do it? Your government or civics class will have a great time as they determine her guilt or innocence.
At this point in May 2020, eighty-three teachers have purchased this Model United Nations product. Have you tried to conduct a simulation of the UN, only to have it become completely unrealistic, and descend into silliness, where students have no idea of the policy of the country they're representi
Assembled here are eight individual resources used with 8th graders to conduct a mock trial based on Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart”. For my classes, this was a major-fun!- culminating project in the 2nd trimester. However, I think it could easily be adapted to other purposes, including part
This lesson will have students critically explore and evaluate the controversial decision made by the United States’ President Harry S. Truman to use the atomic bomb to end the war with Japan. Charged with ‘Crimes Against Humanity’ under Article 6 of the Nuremberg Charter, students will simulate a m
Model United Nations ICJ simulation on Syria: Sixty-two teachers have bought this product and the reviews are flattering. It was updated August 8, 2019 with the addition of a power point on the ICJ. Are you interested in doing an International Court of Justice (ICJ) simulation? Using this product
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This career unit gives students an introduction to the law, public safety, corrections and security career cluster and what a career in this field would be like. This is perfect for a career, technology, CTE or business class. The included PowerPoint presentation can be used by the teacher for who
Booker T. Wolf has been accused of murdering the two pig brothers in this mock trial for your government or civics class. Hand out roles to each member of your class, either as a part of the court process, a witness or a juror and let your class decide. Is he innocent or guilty? There are 9 charact
The Boston Massacre was one of the events that led to revolution in the colonies. Recreate the fascinating trial of the British captain, Thomas Preston. Interestingly, one of America's biggest patriots, John Adams, represented the British captain accused of murder for the deaths that occurred durin
I have been teaching American Government for ages and I try to find new ways to engage students with certain topics. Teaching Bureaucracy and the concept of Iron Triangles / Regulations became a lot easier with this activity. Students are paired up and given a scenario in which they work for a par
Bugs Bunny is a trickster, no doubt, but is he capable of theft and assault? Your government class will have to determine that as they take on the roles of court officials, witnesses, and jurors in this mock trial. There are 8 character parts: 2 female and 6 male. This mock trial is designed to te
Use this template to provide a hands on experience for your students. I use this template to write classroom bills (rules) the first few days of school. Then we vote them into law, this provides accountability and ownership on their part.
If you're looking for a lesson plan that will help your students finally get what it means to provide textual evidence to prove their answers, then this is the lesson for you! It combines reading strategies and social studies government law in a very exciting way. First, students must pass the Bar

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