Module Four: Court Proceedings

Purpose

Module Outline

Goals

Teacher Notes

Transparency 1: Seven Steps in a Jury Trial

Activity: The Mock Trial

Module Four: Court Proceedings

Purpose

For students to learn general court procedure and appropriately dramatize the proceedings of courtroom trial.

 

Module Outline

Introduction: Court Procedure (Lecture)

         Outline the proceedings of a trial court

Application: The Mock Trial (Classroom Exercise)

         Dramatize the proceedings of a trial

Analysis: The Costs and Benefits of Jury Duty (Class work, Homework, or Discussion)

         Evaluate the costs and benefits of responsible civic duty

Goals

By the end of Module Four, the students will be able to:

1.   Outline basic court procedure in a trial court. (lecture materials)

2.   Approach the informational content of a trial with increased analytic thought and reasoning as it applies to the law and court procedure. (Activity 1)

ELP Curriculum Connections:

         8.1: Illustrate the need for law in society

         8.2: Compare examples of criminal, civil, constitutional, and administrative law

         8.7: Evaluate various methods used by society to deal with criminal and anti-social behaviors

Teacher Notes

1.   Basic Court Procedure Lecture

Purpose: The students will develop a greater understanding of the proceedings of a trial. This concept will be reinforced with the mock trial activity.

2.   Mock Trial

Purpose: The students will assume roles in a dramatization of a court proceeding in order to better understand court procedure. The students will practice their oratorical and persuasion skills as they participate in an activity designed to influence others.

Teacher Preparation: Please find the American Bar Association's Guide to Conducting Mock Trials in the Teacher Resource 4, Module 4 section. This guide provides thorough instruction on how to conduct successful mock trials in the classroom. Following this guide are three different mock trials to choose from: Andrews v. Springville School System; United States v. Martha Monroe; and Kyle Wilkins v. New Columbia County School District.

ELP Skills Curriculum Connections:

         I: The learner will acquire information from a variety of sources

         II: The learner will use information for problem solving, decision making, and planning

         III: The learner will develop skills in constructive interpersonal relationships and social participation

         IV: The learner will participate effectively in civic affairs

1.   The Costs and Benefits of Jury Service

Purpose: The students analyze the benefits and costs of a citizen's responsibility as an active voter.

Teacher Preparation:

         Instruct the students to research and analyze the economic costs and benefits of jury service (lost opportunity costs at work, compensation for being a juror, personal fulfillment in civic duty, etc.).

         This could be a effective activity for a class discussion, homework, or class work with students divided into groups.

Assessment: The exercise will help to measure the students' grasp of how time, money, and civic duty are economic goods. Additionally, it will help to gauge the students' understanding of the their important roles as voters, future jurors, and citizens of the United States.

ELP Skills Curriculum Connections:

         I: The learner will acquire information from a variety of sources

         II: The learner will use information for problem solving, decision making, and planning