In this lesson students explore the elements needed for a well-written closing argument. They will break down the definition of the crime that will be explained to the jury during jury instructions. Students will compose closing arguments using a practice mock trial, present the closing arguments to the class, and provide feedback on the performance of other groups.
The following files are included in this resource:
- Lesson 9—Closing Arguments and Jury Instructions (editable Word file)
- Lesson 9—Closing Arguments and Jury Instructions (PDF)
This is lesson 9 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 2—Steps in a Trial
- 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 10—Mock Trial Preparation
- Lesson 11—The Mock Trial
- Practice Trial: People v. Taylor
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