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Criminal Law Mock Trials: Class ONE

Sean Foster Collins, BA, BEd.
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(342)
In this 4-week social studies course, Middle School students will learn the elements of crime, the role of prosecution & defence, the criminal trial process, and apply everything by playing roles in our online mock trials.

Class experience

US Grade 5 - 8
Students will understand the key elements of criminal law, the courtroom, and the prosecution of crimes. Students will be able to apply these concepts of criminal law in regular discussions of real cases and in the roles they play in our online mock trials.  
I have taught Junior and Senior Law classes in High School and coached debate teams for over 10 years as a certified teacher of Social Studies. During that time, I have gained a confident understanding of the fundamental concepts of law as well as the best ways to simplify those concepts so that students can easily grasp them.  
Homework Offered
Students should review notes and ideas discussed week-to-week and they will need to read the cases carefully, prepare their cases, questions & answers, and be ready to perform their mock trial roles during class time.
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Students are informally assessed on their level of preparation and performance during the mock trials.
Grades Offered
"Case Briefs" will be provided for each of the mock trials outlining the crime, the charges as well as the information required to perform the roles. 
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Some case examples in the discussion may deal with violent or socially unacceptable situations which are in keeping with the nature of the class subject of crime. The teacher will always aim to be sensitive and avoid any too realistic or overly detailed descriptions of these crimes. 
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(342)
Teacher Sean Foster Collins has been teaching English and Humanities since 2002.  He teaches ESL, English, Writer’s Craft, as well as junior and senior Law classes.  His experience includes middle school and high school teaching in Toronto,... 
Group Class


for 4 classes
1x per week, 4 weeks
55 min

Completed by 64 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 12-16
3-10 learners per class

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