In this lesson students study the steps in criminal and civil trials. They will explore the roles of attorneys, the judge, juries, and witnesses throughout the process. The lesson will culminate in a sequencing activity in which students will work in small groups to recreate the order of events in a jury trial.
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- Lesson 2—Steps in a Trial (editable Word file)
- Lesson 2—Steps in a Trial (PDF)
This is lesson 2 of 11 in Street Law’s Classroom Guide to Mock Trials. Together, these lessons help set the stage for a successful mock trial experience—from voir dire to closing arguments to evaluation tools.
You can access a .PDF of the full Classroom Guide and/or single lessons from the guide using the links below:
- Complete Classroom Guide to Mock Trials (2021 Edition)
- Lesson 1—Setting the Scene
- Lesson 3—Making of a Jury: Voir Dire
- Lesson 4—Creating a Theory of the Case
- Lesson 5—Opening Statements
- Lesson 6—Composing Questions for Direct and Cross-examination
- Lesson 7—Rules of Evidence
- Lesson 8—Procedures for Evidence
- Lesson 9—Closing Arguments
- Lesson 10—Mock Trial Preparation
- Lesson 11—The Mock Trial
- Practice Trial: People v. Taylor
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