Period 2 – Mock Trial Lesson Plan (4-7-2017)

Period 2 - Mock TrialTopic:

Case #1 – People v O.J. Simpson

Case #2 – Arkansas v Misskelley, Echols, & Baldwin.


Sixth Official Mock Trial Rounds

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

Students will be able to conduct to 90% 2 of 3 rounds of a mock trial with no coaching intervention.

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

Today’s Objective(s):

  • Students will be able to explain the basic facts of the West Memphis Three case and, time permitting, OJ Simpsons Investigation

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

Mock Trial Google File & Resources:

Resources -> Mock Trial Google Drive Link 

Practice Objections Game -> Objection ! Your Honor !

Practice Trial Game -> MAKING YOUR CASE


Warm Up:

  1. What do you know about the West Memphis Three case on a of 1-5 (1 = nothing to 5 = Expert Knowledge)?
  2. What do you know about the OJ Simpson case on a of 1-5 (1 = nothing to 5 = Expert Knowledge)?


If you never turned in your GAFE internet usage form, that was handed out during first period before break, your account is still locked out. You need to go to the front office before school, during lunch, or after school to get another copy of the form, fill it out, and send it in. You are also welcome to download, print, and send in a copy using the link below->



Task #1 (Trial & Side Assignment Reminder)

Trial #1 Prosecution (People v OJ Simpson) – Sandra’s Team

Trial #1 Defense (People v OJ Simpson) – Felix’s Team

Trial #2 Prosecution (Arkansas v Misskelley, Echols, & Baldwin) – David’s Team

Trial #2 Defense (Arkansas v Misskelley, Echols, & Baldwin) – Roberto’s Team

Task #3 (Trial Prep)


Reminder: Both of these real world cases you have chosen as a class bring about important topics we have yet to discuss. The West Memphis Three is a decent example of a case where it seems people may have been quick to judge people right after a homicide that involved three young men. The O.J. Simpson case is a good example of how to handle, or not handle, an investigation into a homicide.

Right now we are going to begin with the lesser known of the two cases. We will be looking at the West Memphis Three case. We are going to take Cornell Notes on this case first.

Video Resource -> 48 Hours: West Memphis 3

Cornell Notes Reminder:

Task #5 

On a separate sheet of paper you are now going to write an academic paragraph about the West Memphis Three case.  You will be turning this paragraph in before your leave. The purpose of this paragraph is to show you understand the case, the charges, the defendants, the strengths and weaknesses of the prosecution and defense teams as well as why the court reached the verdict it did.


Ticket Out the Door:

Downloadable PDF -> Ticket Out the Door

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