Daily Teaching Summary (12-16-2013)

Periods 1,2,3 = Introduction to Law

Teaching Objective = Preparing for mock trial

Teaching Summary = Today I have to be gone for a Literacy Training workshop. I would like students to use today as a last chance to prepare for mock trial. We only have Tuesday to practice once more before the final mock trial exam that begins on Wednesday. Have the students answer the following questions on a separate sheet of paper.

  1. What role did you play on Friday’s mock trial? Juror, prosecution, defense, bailiff, or witness?
  2. Name the three biggest weaknesses you felt you had on Friday. Example: As a witness I didn’t know my back story well enough.
  3.  Name one way to improve on each of these weaknesses. Example: As a witness I need to study my back story more.
  4. Don’t forget on Wednesday trial positions will be given on a first to arrive basis. To be as ready as possible for Wednesday you need to spend today preparing for two trial roles so that you have a backup position ready in case the one you want is already taken. Choose two of the following roles to prepare for and do the related assignment s under each role. I am removing the position of Bailiff and Court Clerk from the Mock Trial Final.

Role #1 – Prosecutor

–  Write an opening argument (no more than three paragraphs)

–  Write a closing argument (no more than three paragraphs)

–   Prepare at least two questions for each of the following people:

  • First Responding Officer
  • Medical Examiner
  • Dannie McGrew (Defendant)
  • Lou Bower (Prosecution Witness)
  • Mert Johnson (Defense Witness)

Role #2 – Defense

–   Write an opening argument (no more than three paragraphs)

–   Write a closing argument (no more than three paragraphs)

–   Prepare at least two questions for each of the following people:

  • First Responding Officer
  • Medical Examiner
  • Dannie McGrew (Defendant)
  • Lou Bower (Prosecution Witness)
  • Mert Johnson (Defense Witness)

Role #3 – Jury Member

–   Today you are going to identify both the good and bad things both the prosecution and the defense did on Friday. You are going to write:

  • 5 things the Prosecution said or did to make you think Dannie McGrew should be convicted of murder. If they did not do up to 5 things then list what they should have done.
  • 5 things the Defense said or did to make you think Dannie McGrew committed self-defense. If they did not do up to 5 things then list what they should have done.
  • 5 things that the Prosecution could have done better
  • 5 things the defense could have done better.

Role #4 – Witness/ Expert

–   Breakdown the witness statement into easy to remember notes that address the following:

  • Where were you?
  • What did you see?
  • What did you hear?
  • What did you do at the scene/ or lab if you are a Medical Examiner or police officer?
  • How do you know the defendant?
  • How do you know the victim?
  • List any other information you need to know.

–   Identify two ways your statement helps the prosecution.

–   Identify two ways your statement helps the defense.