Period 2 – Mock Trial Lesson Plan (3-10-2016)

Period 2 - Mock Trial


Choosing a new case


Steps to Trial

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

Students will be able to argue a jury trial 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):

  1. Students will research, list, and recommend real cases for our mock trial.
  2. Students will vote on which cases from objective #1 they want to run a mock trial on. The top four cases will be used in class.

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


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


Warm Up (0 minutes)

With today being a minimum day there will not be a warm up.

Task #1 (15 minutes)

You will find today that the desks are arranged in eight groups of four. You are welcome to chose who you sit with. Once you are seated with your Chromebooks use the internet to research cases you think you would be interested in conducting for mock trial. Once you find a case you like go to the whiteboard and put the name of the case, what type of case it is, and what the verdict was. Each group has their own designated row and space for their responses. You do not need to wait for the end of the 15 minutes to put your responses on the board. At the end of 15 minutes each group will explain the cases they chose to the whole class.

Task #2 (40 minutes)

Now that all the cases are listed on the board one person per group needs to share with the rest of the class, in group order, what the cases they chose are about. Each time, after the class is told what the case is about each student who would willingly conduct that trial will put up their hand. The top four trials chosen by students will be the next four cases we are going to look at.

Student Work from Task #1 & voting results:

Task #3 (10 minutes)

Final Exam. Don’t worry the final exam is not for awhile yet, but some students in mock trial have had the great idea that for our class we should compete against another class in two cases. We will use our standard rotation technique of running two trials at one time with the trial teams that are not up being in the jury. Today we agreed that the cases will be chosen by students and that which side each class is on per side will be chosen by each class. In the event that both classes want to be on the same side in a case a coin toss will determine who gets what side.

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