Today was our first experiment with a Mock Court scenario. The children were each assigned a role in a mock trial, complete with judge, prosecutor, defense lawyer, police officers, news reporters, jurors, a deputy sheriff, and various witnesses. ¬†Once the roles were assigned, the children were left to sort out the evidence for a few minutes. The case was built largely upon circumstantial evidence, leaving a little wiggle room for the defendant in the “Case of the Obliterated Petunias.” ¬†Passionate arguments were made on both sides, complete with opening and closing statements, and while the courtroom did get out of hand on more then a few occasions, the deputy sheriff and judge were able to maintain order long enough to render a verdict of “Not Guilty!”
Update: This verdict was later REVERSED and REMANDED for a new trial, due to take place shortly. Stay tuned!
Feel free to download a copy of the “Case of the Obliterated Petunias” materials, here:
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The Case of the Obliterated Petunias
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