To understand the purposes, procedures, and significance of various kinds of trials held in the United States.
1 class period
This lesson includes three fun games (all in the same format) that make it enjoyable to learn about trials in the United States.
You can start by reading with the students the introductory paragraphs. Class members are then divided into two teams. Game 1 begins when the teacher announces the first letter of the missing word or name in paragraph 1. Students can put this letter in the answer blank.
If a person from Team 1 thinks they know the word or name, they can give an answer. If correct, 10 points are scored. If incorrect, another letter will be announced and Team 2 will take its turn. Teams alternate in this way until the missing word or name is identified. A correct answer is always worth 10 points.
The same person cannot answer twice in a row for their team.
When a team gives the right answer, the other team goes first on the next paragraph.
The team scoring the most points in paragraphs 1-9 wins Game 1. Games 2 and 3 will be played in the same way.
Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions are included, along with a 20-question follow up quiz to measure student progress. The quiz can also be given as a homework assignment.