Period 2 – Mock Trial Lesson Plans (1-19-2016)

Period 2 - Mock Trial


Steps to Trial


Introduction to Mock Trial

Unit S.M.A.R.T. Goal:

Students will be able to list and describe the order to trial and the intent behind each step by the end of this first week.

*Unit S.M.A.R.T. Goal written with this downloadable guide -> SmartGoals Template for Educators

Today’s Objective(s):

Students will develop a google doc, share it with the teacher, and document each of the basic steps to trial.

*Lesson objective written with this downloadable guide -> Writing Learning Objectives Guide




Warm Up:

There will be a quick survey to gather current student information on the board. Please grab an index card by the door.

  1. Name:
  2. Your Personal E-mail:
  3. Your School E-Mail:
  4. Your Personal Cell:
  5. Your Parents E-Mail:
  6. Your Parents Cell: (Please say which parents cell number)
  7. Primary Language:
  8. Learning Type: Audio, Visual, Kinesthetic
  9. Top 3 Career Goals:
  10. Did you want to be in this class?:
  11. Internet at home?:
  12. Do you have a smart phone?

Task #1

I will be giving you a piece of copy paper. On that copy paper you will outline your hand in the center of the page. Then you will write your name in large letters across the bottom of the page. Once this is done, you will write one fact about yourself that you want others to know on the tip of each of your outlined fingers. When you are all done you will take a piece of painters tape and put your paper on the back wall in the appropriate spot.

Student Work Example from Spring 2015: (click/tap to enlarge)


Task #2

Next you will grab a chrome book and login. If you have any issues let me know. Go to google docs and start a new document entitled “Steps to Trial” and share it with

Task #3

Now we will be looking over a fictional case to practice our steps to trial and I will be walking  you through the steps.

Task #4

If we get the time we are going to start getting familiar with our first mock trial case. The following documents are downloadable in .doc format so you can download and save them as google docs in your own account. You can additionally make your own notes and highlighting digitally as well.

Downloadable Case Documents:

Columbia v Chris Archer – Facts of the Case

Witness Statement – Chris Archer (Defense Witness)

Witness Statement – Dean Jesse Thomas (Defense Witness)

Witness Statement – Dr. Alex Richards (Prosecution Witness)

Witness Statement – Dr. Jordan Mitchell (Defense Witness)

Witness Statement – Pat Smith (Prosecution Witness)

Witness Statement – Tyler Johnson (Prosecution Witness)

Ticket Out the Door:

Downloadable PDF -> Ticket Out the Door

Downloadable PPT -> Ticket Out the Door

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