No crime goes unpunished in this exciting follow-up to The Cookie Jar Mystery!
This is a download of Lesson 1 in The Cookie Jar Case: A Role Play Mock Trial.
This lesson is part of an interactive, 5-unit follow-on to the popular Cookie Jar Mystery. The jury is in on this exciting mock-trial activity that takes the learning further for students in grades 4-5. Students will be thrilled to see justice run its course. The mystery, suspense and learning continues as students progress from the crime to the courthouse!
Designed to move experienced students from the crime to the courthouse, The Cookie Jar Case encourages learners to build on the work they accomplished as forensic investigators with the Cookie Jar Mystery. As a suspect is prosecuted for the crime of stealing Mrs. Randall’s cookies, this stimulating, new learning program immerses students in the world of criminal court procedure. Just as attorneys do on Law & Order, students cooperate on teams to prepare opening statements, search out witnesses, solicit testimony, and analyze the evidence they need to support their theory of the crime.
Role-playing is at the heart of The Cookie Jar Case: As learners examine and cross-examine witnesses, devise trial strategies, and offer evidence to the court, they take on new confidence as they act out a variety of roles, from suspect to judge, from court stenographer to prosecutor. Pivotal discussions of jury duty, civic responsibility, honesty, and fairness support character development and place questions of right and wrong in a lively, real-world context. Trial preparation leads students to surprising turns of character and charisma in the final mock trial—when testimony and interrogation and the high drama of closing arguments can generate performances of surprising legal intelligence. As the judge delivers the final instructions to the jury (which may be comprised of fellow students, teachers, and even parents), the suspense continues during deliberations. The final verdict is sure to be a real nail-biter!
Lesson One: How a Courtroom Works
Introducing students to the American criminal legal system and courtroom procedure is the focus of Lesson One. In three initial activities, students get up close and personal with the roles and responsibilities of courtroom personnel from the judge to the bailiff. The adversarial relationship that characterizes attorneys working on behalf of defendants and the prosecution is explored next. Finally, the somber responsibility of civic duty is discussed as learners delve into the jury selection process.