Period 2 – Mock Trial Lesson Plans (1-27-2016)

Period 2 - Mock TrialTopic:

Columbia vs Chris Archer – Day 7


Columbia v Chris Archer

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

Students will be able to argue the case of Columbia v Chris Archer in the correct trial steps order with 90% accuracy.

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

Today’s Objective(s):

Students are going to take a step aside from the Columbia v Chris Archer case today to run a trial on their own in pairs with one partner playing prosecution and another playing defense in order to see what a trial looks like correctly from beginning to end.

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




Warm Up:

Go to and enter room number “A89559b4”.

Results -> Period 2 – Mock Trial Warm Up Results (1-27-2016)

Task #1

Today I want us to take a mental break from looking at Columbia v Chris Archer so we stay fresh mentally. First thing I want you to to do today is partner up with someone. One person will be prosecution and one person will be defense in an online trial. Once you have found your partner and sat down together go to Task #2. Only one chrome book will be needed.

Task #2

Click on this link ->

Student Work Evidence:

Task #3

Once you have run through the trial go back to and do the debrief questions. You will be doing these questions independently. Remember the room number is “A89559b4”.

Student Responses -> Make Your Case Debrief Activity Results (1-27-2016)

Task #4

Answer the quick polling question below.

Task #5

Once everyone has gone through the mock trial scenario online and done the debrief questions I want us to take a look at some video clips about how juries act behind the scenes after the trial is over and they are going to deliberate the facts . Download the Cornell Notes template below, save as google docs, and share to me at

Downloadable File -> Cornell Notes Template


Mock Trial Skill – Cross Examination (V1)

Mock Trial Skill – Cross Examination (V2)

Mock Trial Skill – Direct Examination (v1)

Mock Trial Skill – Direct Examination (V2)

Mock Trial Skill – Giving Opening Argument (V1)

Mock Trial Skill – Giving Opening Argument (v2)

Objections Cheat Sheet (V1)

objections Cheat Sheet (V2)

Steps in a Jury Trial

Ticket Out the Door:

Downloadable PDF -> Ticket Out the Door

Downloadable PPT -> Ticket Out the Door

Special Recognition: 

Great use of resources! These students had their objections cheat sheets out while going through the online trial simulation today.

Asuantie G. & Webb D.

Aaliyah B. & Catalina V.