Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening. Use verbs in the active and passive voice (e.g., emphasizing the actor or the action). Use verbs in the indicative, imperative, interrogative, conditional and subjunctive mood to achieve particular effects (e.g., expressing uncertainty or describing a state contrary to fact). Recognize and correct inappropriate shifts in verb voice and mood.
Mock Trial is a debating competition for students aged 14 and above. It’s a great way to practice public speaking and learn how to present evidence in an argument. It gives students an opportunity to gain real-world experience of the legal process.
Mock Trial - Learn About the Power of Debate
debating: The activity of discussing a subject or issue in order to make decisions or come to a conclusion. public speaking: Act of speaking in front of people, usually in formal situations. legal process: The system of laws and procedures used to settle disputes and decide guilt or innocence.
The first Mock Trial competition was held in 1984 in California, USA. In some countries, Mock Trials are used as part of the school curriculum to teach law. A Mock Trial often involves role-playing, with students acting as lawyers and witnesses.
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Work together in pairs: What do you think are the most important elements of a successful mock trial?
Work together in pairs: What did you learn about the Mock Trial process from today's discussion and reflection?
What is a Mock Trial?
- A trial that is fake
- A trial that is real
- A trial that is acted out
- A trial that is held in court
What is the purpose of a Mock Trial?
- To practice for a real trial
- To act out a court case
- To teach students about law
- To resolve a dispute between two parties
Who is typically involved in a Mock Trial?
- Two lawyers and a judge
- Two lawyers, a judge, and a jury
- Two lawyers and a jury
- Two lawyers, a judge, and witnesses
What is the role of the jury in a Mock Trial?
- To determine the outcome of the trial
- To provide advice to the judge
- To listen to the evidence presented
- To provide moral support to the lawyers
What is the outcome of a Mock Trial?
- A guilty or not guilty verdict
- A decision on who is right or wrong
- A decision on what the punishment should be
- A decision on who should pay damages