Daily Teaching Summary (12-6-2013)


Periods 1,2,3 = Introduction to Law

Teaching Objective = Analyzing the critical thinking skills of a jury

Teaching Summary = I believed it would be worth a day to stop and analyze the critical thinking skills that a jury has to use when deliberating a case. The in-class notes the students took yesterday and that I collected will be returned on Monday. Today I wanted them to focus on the video clips from the court room jury movie “12 Angry Men” and talk about them and compare the court case in the movie to the court case we are preparing for mock trial. There is a survey at the end of this post concerning this film and Monday (12-9-2013).

Homework = To study the nine steps of trial procedure.

STUDENT OF THE DAY = J. Padilla – I believe that this student needs to be recognized for her ability to stay focused on presented material, notice small details, and critically examine those details.

Extra Credit Opportunity = +200 extra credit points to any student who creates a poster or easy to read/view visual of the nine steps in trial procedure. I would like to put these up around the classroom to assist use when we are going through mock trial. This extra credit assignment will be due Tuesday (12-10-2013) next week. Here are the nine steps of trial procedure again.

Step 1: Pre-Trial Prep – Getting familiar with evidence & witnesses

Step 2: Information Gathering – Research, locating experts, review evidence

Step 3: Pre-Trial Hearing – Arraignment, Plea bargaining, Review of evidence in court

Step 4: Jury Selection – Questionnaire, Look for unbaised jurors.

Step 5: Opening Statements – Prosecution then defense

Step 6: Prosecution presents their case – Order:

Direct Examination – Prosecution

Cross Examination – Defense

Re-direct – Prosecution

Re-cross – Defense

Step 7: Defense presents their case – Order:

Direct Examination – Defense

Cross Examination – Prosecution

Re-direct – Defense

Re-cross – Prosecution

Step 8: Closing Arguments – Defense speaks first then prosecution

Step 9: Judge gives jury instructions, they will then deliberate and provide a verdict. Judge decides sentencing.