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Order in the Court: A Mock Trial Simulation: An Interactive…

by Darcy Blauvelt

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As a teacher, I'm always looking for practical classroom resources that can be easily incorporated into student learning. This book did exactly that. The information provided about the legal system, particularly court procedures, was beneficial to a law class I was teaching. The work contained in here is easily adapted and modified for different learning styles/abilities. Highly recommended! ( )
  wenzowsa | Dec 2, 2012 |
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A great resource for teachers--full of activities and ideas to help students understand the legal system
  milkmaidgoddess | Apr 3, 2012 |
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This book gives an accurate context that will engage students to become interested in the legal professions and the interactions of witnesses, lawyers and the courts. As each emerging citizen may become a juror, it is also a well compiled and clearly designed materials that will help all in their lifes. Designed for high ability learners from the 6th to the 8th grade, it gives the drama of the courtroom through case studies such as "the three little pigs and the big bad wolf".
From an Investigator perspective, it clearly delineates the rules of evidence and the questioning of witnesses.
One of the most interesting aspects of this book is that its authors are educators who received grants from the Javits grant program which is a US department of education program directed to economically disadvantaged, limited English proficient (LEP), and disabled students. ( )
  Artymedon | Mar 4, 2012 |
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I'm not a teacher that could use this in a classroom setting, but I have worked for an organization that created a similar social studies curriculum. I had really high hopes for this unit. Mock trials are an awesome way to get kids engaged in the classroom, but this left so much to be desired. The topics of the "cases" were pretty rudimentary; there's an obvious "right answer." It's well outlined for teachers and could probably be supplemented or modified for specific groups. I was impressed by how much information and material there were able to squeeze in such a skinny book. Overall, I think there's some great material that would be a helpful introduction to more advanced critical thinking skills.
  esnanna | Feb 5, 2012 |
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For a book that is supposedly designed for "High-Ability Learners," I found this book extremely rudimentary. I considered myself a smart student and I would have known all of this stuff by the fourth grade. Unless your high ability learner is in the third or fourth grade, this course will not interest them much in the sixth grade. ( )
  ginger30297 | Jan 2, 2012 |
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