Student Worktext--High School (Print)
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Lead a class of high school students confidently! Your Teacher Manual (High School) has the same content students have in their Student Worktexts (High School), but you will also have guidance on leading class discussions and many other resources that help you lead the course.
All of the material found in the Grades 4-8 Student Worktext is in this High School edition. However, most chapters have additional content provided. The Table of Contents below indicates what is included in the Grades 4-8 edition (no special marking) and what is only included in the High School edition (marked with *).
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. In addition, now there are short quizzes at the end of each chapter or subsections within chapters 2 and 5.
This high school worktext is a total of 230 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. *Students will analyze a fraud and defamation case.
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. *There is a special section on the Danbury Letters.
Chapter 3: Who's Who in the Court System?
Discover the participants in the court system and the differences between various types of witnesses. *Students will learn about the voir dire process.
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. *Students will learn a few objections to use if they are having a mock trial.
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. *Students will learn the importance of mens rea and about some defenses to crimes available to defendants. *Students will learn when class action lawsuits are used.
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. Worksheets walk the students through the process of preparing individually and then as a team. There are worksheets to help a Judge and a Justice prepare for their roles.
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.