ERIC Number: ED441710
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Justice by the People. Teacher's Guide.
Hart, Diane; Alderson, Jan, Ed.
This interactive curriculum has been developed to teach students about one of their most important rights as citizens, trial by jury. Knowledge about this right is critical since most of today's students will be called to serve on juries at some point in their lives. The curriculum's goal is to help students understand the history and value of their constitutional right to trial by jury. The week-long curriculum, for use in grades 5-9, contains a teacher's guide with complete lesson plans, a mock trial on videotape, and a CD-ROM trial simulation game. Each interactive lesson in the curriculum challenges students to apply critical thinking and decision-making skills as they experience and explore the roles of attorneys, judges, and jurors in the U.S. justice system. The curriculum begins with five classroom lessons which involve students in such varied hands-on activities as a group decision-making game developed by NASA, a trial by ordeal, a trial by combat, and a video trial of "Gold E. Locks and the Three Bears." Each lesson ends with an individual assignment designed to reinforce what students have learned and to assist teachers in assessing students' understanding of key concepts. The culminating activity in the curriculum is a multimedia computer game called "Make Your Case" in which students match wits as opposing attorneys in a simulated movie-like trial. Members of the legal community should be encouraged to visit the classroom, and the teacher's guide includes suggestions and guidelines designed to help volunteers make their visit an integral part of the curriculum. (BT)
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Citizenship Education, Concept Formation, Court Litigation, Critical Thinking, Decision Making, Juries, Justice, Middle Schools, Role Playing, Simulation, Social Studies, United States Government (Course)
Foundation of the American Board of Trial Advocates, 5307 East Mockingbird Lane, Suite 1060, Dallas, TX 75206-5109. Tel: 800-779-5879 (Toll Free).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Foundation of the American Board of Trial Advocates, Dallas, TX.