Grades 7-9: Due Process Freedoms
Voir Dire Simulation
After students have selected a jury, they can write a mock trial to go with the fact sheet provided in the voir dire simulation. Students can expand on the descriptions of the jurors selected as they pick students to play those roles. They can try their case incorporating some jury-related issues, such as contrasting the results of a twelve-person jury with a six-person jury. They can compare the results of a unanimous verdict with a less than unanimous verdict in the same case. Invite trial lawyers to visit your class and discuss these issues. They can serve as judges in your mock trials.
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