Student Worktext (Digital)
Each student will need their own copy of the Worktext. It will walk the student step-by-step through the process of learning about our judicial system and how to prepare for a mock trial, debate or final paper with the use of a Case Summary.
There are enrichment ideas at the end of most chapters called "Digging Deeper." These are designed to extend learning.
This worktext is a total of 108 pages, including the cover.
Table of Contents:
Preface to the Student
Chapter 1: The Basics
Start off on the right foot by learning about mock trials, why we have laws, and some basic legal vocabulary. Students will analyze their first cases.
Chapter 2: A Biblical View of the Law
Consider the importance of Biblical principles on the origin of the American legal system and how a Biblical worldview will impact the mock trial. Explore important people and events in American legal history and apply Biblical principles to legal issues.
Chapter 3: Who's Who in the Court System?
Discover the participants in the court system and the differences between various types of witnesses.
Chapter 4: Our Judicial System
Learn the differences between state and federal courts, trial and appellate courts, and civil and criminal courts--and how to decide in which jurisdiction to file a case.
Chapter 5: Types of Cases
Explore the variety of the law while getting a taste of criminal, civil and constitutional law. This is one of the longest chapters in the text.
Chapter 6: Steps in a Trial of an Appellate Case
Distinguish between the step-by-step processes involved in trials and appeals with explanations about the steps, and learn how to arrange your classroom like a courtroom. There are handouts of the steps to be used to guide students on the day of the mock trial.
Chapter 7: Persuasive Arguments
Practice your skills of persuasion while crafting witness questions, opening and closing statements, and a strong strategy for your trial or appellate case.
Chapter 8: Preparing for the Mock Trial
Use a team approach to prepare diligently for the length of time available to your class.
Chapter 9: The Mock Trial
Enjoy the fruits of your labor during the mock trial!
Grading Rubrics are provided for various student roles in a mock trial.