This classroom trial experience allows students to delve into firsthand and secondhand accounts of the Indian Removal Act of 1830 to determine point of view, bias, and main ideas. Then, they move along with determining Jackson's guilt or innocence by analyzing relationships between historical events and examining how authors support points of view with reasons and evidence.
This trial bundle hits tons of different CCSS Informational Reading, Speaking, and Writing indicators while being an engaging classroom activity teaching students about Westward Movement and the Trail of Tears.
Witness Statements (Firsthand Accounts)
Case Log (Secondhand accounts)
Witness Reliability Assessment (multiple accounts, quoting accurately)
Juror Notes, Witness Notes, Case Notes (Relationships & Interactions)
Mock Trial Roles and Role Cards
Mock Trial Instructions (teacher & Student)