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Mock Trial: Persuasive Speaking for Grades 7-8
Calling all future lawyers! This fast-paced summer program is specifically designed to combine all the challenge and fun of the courtroom with the rigor you expect from an advanced language arts course. Watch your student build crucial reading, writing, and public speaking skills as they participate in a simulated court case based on this year's class novel.
In week one, students will develop their critical thinking skills as they read and analyze Nothing But the Truth, a Newbery Honor Book by acclaimed children's author Avi. Through class discussion and frequent in-class writing, students will learn how to use evidence to strengthen their arguments. They'll also learn about the U.S. justice system and their own First Amendment rights, information that they'll use to make their own rulings as Supreme Court Justices.
In week two, students will work together in legal teams to tackle a civil court case based on the events in Nothing But the Truth. Students will participate in every stage of the legal process, from filing a civil complaint to constructing their case. Persuasive writing will take center stage as students learn to craft clever questions and compelling closing arguments to sway the jury in their favor. On the last day of class, students will finally have their day in court. They'll put their public speaking skills to the test as they role-play the trial and await the jury's verdict.
This two-week course meets Monday through Friday for three hours each day. It is designed for students entering grades 7-8.
Space is very limited for our summer programs. Please do not wait until the last minute to enroll. If there is more than a week before the course starts, a $200 deposit will be due when enrolling, with the balance due one week before the course begins.
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