Intro to Criminal Law/Mock Trial: To Kill a Mockingbird (Integrated Novel Study)
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.
Amy Lavin, J.D.
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Completed by 83 learners
Once per week
over 8 weeks
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This class will focus on the basics of criminal law in the United States. Using the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, students will explore all aspects of the criminal justice system. The final class will be a mock trial where each student will role play as a character from To Kill a Mockingbird that is an important member of the criminal justice system (defendant, prosecutor, defense attorney, witnesses, victim, and jury). Class #1 - What is the history of the criminal justice system? • The...
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.
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.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
50 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
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
Amy Lavin, J.D.
Avid Reader, English Teacher, and Practicing Attorney
🇺🇸Lives in the United States
348 total reviews
393 completed classes
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....