May 01, 2014

Seeking Facts to Solve Mysteries

Grade Level:

Elementary/Middle

Overview:

In this lesson, students will discuss the difference between fact and opinion. They will role play a mock trial, decide the case, and justify their decision. Students will discuss why facts are more reliable than opinions, and understand why courts rely more upon facts than opinions.

 

Time needed:

~45 minutes

 

Materials required:

Seeking Facts to Solve Mysteries Lesson Plan

 

National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies, National Council for the Social Studies:

Theme 6: Power, Authority, and Governance

Theme 10: Civic Ideals and Practices