Humanities with Mr. Conrad
Our 7th and 8th grade Humanities mock trials were both a wonderful success. The prosecution and defense teams in both classes presented their cases like an episode of Law and Order – “bong-booong.” Using critical thinking skills and collaborative teamwork the classes prepared for trial by writing opening statements to introduce their team perspective to the jury, created detailed questions to promote evidence to support their case using their own witnesses, determined what questions could be asked on cross-examination to attempt to trip up the opposing team, and plead their case using facts and emotion to assert their team perspective of guilty or innocent. Each and every student played their role perfectly presenting the jury with a tough decision. The trial centered around the charges that “JC Roberts” possessed, and possessed with the intent to sell, anabolic steroids. In 7th grade, the defendant was found guilty on one count and not guilty on the other. In 8th grade, the defendant was found not guilty on both counts. The trial was very professional and I loved Geoff Chackel’s comment that our students literally out-performed actual attorneys he’s seen in court. I see some future attorneys in our classes.
I appreciate the large gallery of parents and relatives who came to view the trials. That support truly helps students understand your interest and encouragement in their studies. I also thank all volunteers who helped prepare students and those who sat on the jury, we couldn’t do it without you. Thank you.
“W🍀W. So well organized. Love how the students take it so serious. I can tell they are growing up. Thanks for being such positive role models. I can see the respect”.
❌⭕️💜🍀 — Quote from Nancy Hoffman