Period 2 – Mock Trial Lesson Plan (2-1-2016)

Period 2 - Mock TrialTopic:

Columbia vs Chris Archer – Day 10


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 will begin practicing correctly using objections in court through a online computer simulation.

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




Warm Up:

There will be no warm up today. I have to be downtown and unfortunately cannot be with you. If you run into any problems with today’s online lesson e-mail me at

Task #1

I want us to start getting familiar with using objections in court.

Click on this link to begin practicing using objections in court -> Objection! Your Honor

Don’t forget to use the steps and skills resources below to help.

Task #2

Once you feel you have gotten enough practice through the online do this task.

Download the .doc below and save it as a google doc. To save as a google doc remember to click on the blue share button on the top right of the screen after you open the document.  Then wait for the document to save and click on the blue share button again. This time it will ask who you want to share it to and you want to type in now you will be ready to start.

Downloadabe .Doc File -> Objections Practice

Task #3

When you have your answer document ready open the pdf file below. I will run you through what each objection means again. Then there will be a scenario. Read the scenario. After the scenario you will see excerpts from court with blue boxes that say “Answer #1” for example. On your answer document tell me what objection you would use for each of these boxes and why you would use that objection. If you run into any problems during this practice e-mail me at and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Downloadable PDF -> Mock Trial Objections

Task #4

Should you finish the online game and the mock trial objections practice then you need to start prepping for your roll in court on Friday. Every person in the room is responsible for either the opening argument, closing argument, objections, questioning, or really knowing a witness statement inside and out. You will be running a full mock trial this Friday and that will be the same as an exam in this class.


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:

There will not be a ticket out the door today.


Do not forget you will be running your mock trial in entirety on this Friday. This has the same weight as an exam.  Make sure each member of your team knows their roles inside and out.