Guilty or Innocent?

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Bring the drama of the courtroom to your elementary classroom with a mock trial lesson. Armed with an understanding of basic trial vocabulary and terms, learners role-play as participants in a trial about a stolen pencil.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Use the extension activities as interdisciplinary lessons
  • Expand or cut down the list of trial vocabulary words based on student knowledge and comprehension
Classroom Considerations

  • Adaptable for older students by choosing another mock trial case
Pros

  • Provides basic knowledge of the court system, trial procedure, and legal definitions
  • Fits into social studies well when teaching about law and order in American government
Cons

  • None