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Intro to Criminal Law/Mock Trial: To Kill a Mockingbird (Integrated Novel Study)

Amy Lavin, J.D.
Average rating:4.8Number of reviews:(358)
In this 8-week course, students will learn about the basics of criminal law while reading and discussing the novel To Kill a Mockingbird and completing a mock trial.

Class experience

US Grade 7 - 10
Students will improve their understanding of the criminal justice system and will apply that knowledge to the novel To Kill a Mockingbird. Students will also learn about the elements of literature--setting, point of view, characters, tone, conflict, plot, and theme--and apply that knowledge to the novel. 
Prior to attending law school, I was a high school English teacher. I have taught Harper Lee's novel To Kill a Mockingbird for eight years to 10th grade language arts students. 
Homework Offered
It is expected that students will be prepared for class by reading the weekly assigned chapters. Each student will need a copy of the book. Additionally, there may be some preparation for the mock trial to be completed at home, if necessary.
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Grades Offered
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Since this is a class about criminal law, it may deal with behaviors that are violent or socially unacceptable. The teacher will be sensitive to these subjects and will avoid overt details and/or descriptions that are not age-appropriate. 

Additionally, the novel To Kill a Mockingbird includes situations dealing with racism, violence, rape, and alcoholism. Please make sure you are familiar with the book's content and are comfortable with your student discussing these situations prior to enrolling in this class. 
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Average rating:4.8Number of reviews:(358)
Welcome! I'm very excited to be your teacher! I live in Idaho in the United States. I enjoy reading and writing young adult novels, traveling around the world with my family, and kayaking on the Snake River. 

I have a Juris Doctor from the S.J.... 
Group Class


for 8 classes
1x per week, 8 weeks
50 min

Completed by 111 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 12-16
4-10 learners per class

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