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), and the common procedures and language used in a courtroom environment. Students will also explore the importance of how to create an opening and closing statement, the legal grounds of when to object, and understand the dynamics of a direct and cross examination. This resource will be very useful for teachers who are searching for an engaging & informative way to introduce students to the concept of mock trials.
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- Lesson Plan
- One 31 Slide Presentation & accompanying student handout
- One 12 Slide Presentation & accompanying student handout
- Jury Role Play
- Opening Statement
- Closing Statement
* This lesson can also be useful for teachers in Canada.
If you liked this lesson see my other Mock Trial lesson here:
If you liked this lesson see the 'BUNDLE unit lesson' here:
If you liked this lesson see other related 'Government' lessons here:
- The Debate on Affirmative Action: Exploring Two Sides of the Issue
- Controversy and the Criminal Justice System (Eric Garner Case) (click here to open in new tab)
- Analyzing 'The Bill of Rights' (click here to open in new tab)
- Analyzing The Declaration of Independence & the U.S. Constitution (click here to open in new tab)
- Our Constitutional Amendments: Analyzing Supreme Court Decisions (click here to open in new tab)
- Proposing a 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
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