Mock Trial Template for Any Text

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The best classroom moments happen when a student-led activity really clicks -- you can almost see the light bulbs go off over students’ heads as they discover more about a text or writing skill. Based on a popular request from our teachers, this Mock Trial Template will give you everything you need to create these moments in your classroom. Or should we say, courtroom. 

This resource contains all the elements for planning a mock trial for your students: courtroom decor, steps for planning, student handouts and organizers, rubrics, a reflection, and even some fun supplemental activities for after the trial. The only thing missing is the text -- you can use any classroom text that includes a crime and possible defendant. Stuck for ideas? We have you covered there too, with a great list of possible texts and essential questions. 

Note: This Mock Trial Template has been adapted from the “Monkey’s Paw” mock trial materials found in the EB Teacher’s Club October 2020 bundle (Issue #17). It is not identical, as this resource contains new materials, including a planning sheet, a persuasion mini-lesson, a list of text and essential question ideas, and two supplemental activities. However, you will find a lot of overlap between the two resources and should consider this before purchasing. 


  • Mock Trial Teacher Planning Sheet
    • A simple, 5-step guide to help you plan a mock trial with your chosen text
  • Ideas for Mock Trials Teacher Handout 
    • No text to use for a mock trial? Take a look at this list!
  • Mock Trial Background Handout
    • A helpful handout to give students the basic information they will need to understand how trials work
  • Mock Trial Evidence Tracker 
    • A helpful tracker to aid students in note-taking and preparing for the trial
  • Role Preference Sheet 
    • A sheet to help students choose their roles for the trial
  • Courtroom Etiquette Handout
    • A simple explanation of courtroom etiquette, including behavior and dress
  • Language of Persuasion Student Handout
    • A handout to help you give a mini lesson on ethos, pathos, logos, and charged words, which students will use later in their written arguments. 
  • Team Outline
    • An outline to help the prosecution and defense plan their arguments 
  • Jury Oath 
    • A handout to help jury members determine their responsibilities in the trial
  • Defense Team Handout
    • A graphic organizer to help the Defense Team write their remarks. Comes with sample opening and closing statements. 
  • Prosecution Team Handout 
    • A graphic organizer to help the Prosecution Team write their remarks. Comes with sample opening and closing statements. 
  • Jury Justification Tracker 
    • A graphic organizer to help the jury follow the arguments of the trial
  • Mock Trial Rubrics
    • Simple rubrics for grading students in each role of the trial
  • Seating Arrangement 
    • A simple layout to show you can arrange your room for the trial
  • Courtroom Décor
    • Transform your classroom into a courtroom with this mock trial decor! 
  • Juror Badges
    • Add authenticity by giving each juror their own badge! 
  • Mock Trial Agenda
    • A helpful agenda of events for the trial
  • Jury Verdict 
    • The jury will sign their verdict upon agreement. Includes sample.
  • Mock Trial Reflection
    • Use this reflection to help students analyze the mock trial and their participation in greater detail
  • Supplemental Activities
    • Sketch Artist Activity
      • Includes directions and rubric
    • Courtroom Journalist Activity
      • Includes directions and rubric
  • Digital Version
    • A version that can be used online for virtual teaching. Please note that while most of the digital versions in our resources can be used by just one student, the digital version of this resource is still meant for whole-class use, with each student receiving a different role in the trial. Students can still work in groups from home, as the teams will share slides to work on together.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).
Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Describe how a particular story’s or drama’s plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution.
Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.


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