From the Classroom to the Courtroom: How to Prepare and Conduct a Successful Mock Trial for Middle School Students

By: Mr. John Stevens
from Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School

Real-World Learning

Subject(s) of entry:
History, Government/Civics

PBL - project based learning

Grade(s) to which this was taught:
7, Middle school

Grade(s) for which this will be useful:
7, 8, Middle school

Middle school students get hands-on experience in criminal and civil law in our court system. The unit covers the criminal and civil law rights and procedures as found in the United States Constitution and case law. Students learn about their rights and ultimately get to see their rights in action through attending a circuit court trial in Baltimore, preparing for and participating in a mock trial in a real courtroom, and being jurors for the mock trial done by another 7th grade class.

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