In-School Mock Trial Mini Units
Discovering Justice’s Mock Trial Mini Units bring teaching civic knowledge, skills, and dispositions to life in the elementary classroom (in person or online) through a week long interactive unit during which student lawyers work to build their case.
This summer, Discovering Justice worked with a group of teachers to create units that are aligned to specific grade-level standards, structured as an engaging mock trial over the course of 7-10 lessons, and accessible to be taught fully virtually, in-person or hybrid!
You can find the units in this google folder, which includes each grade level unit material as well as a letter explaining the pilot of these units. If you plan to teach one, please put your name in the google sheets form, and be sure to fill out the survey form post teaching the unit as well! so we can get feedback! Please feel free to share these resources with your colleagues and networks.
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U sable both in-person and virtually, these mini units engage students in a mock trial based on grade level content and literacy standards as well as key K-12 practice standards. Students will practice perspective taking, analyzing evidence, using evidence to build an argument, discussing themes of justice, and making connections to historical and current events along with their broader community/world.