Authors: Richard G. Cote, Darcy O. Blauvelt
Product Code: 8290
ISBN: 9781593638290
Pages: 146
Availability: In stock.

This book is part of the Interactive Discovery-Based Units for High-Ability Learners series, for grades 6–8, which provides teachers with opportunities to use exciting and challenging units in their classrooms. Order in the Court: A Mock Trial Simulation gives students the opportunity to conduct a trial based on a classic fairytale in order to develop their courtroom skills. After developing the necessary vocabulary, students participate in the trial of Ms. Petunia Pig v. Mr. B. B. Wolf. Students not only learn the concepts, but they also learn valuable teamwork and time management skills. The unit culminates in a full mock-trial enactment.

Grades 6–8


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by Leila Leoncavallo
on 2/16/2014
from Fairfax, VA
DO NOT BUY: Numerous substantive errors!
There are so many substantive errors in this book that it is unusable.  I have emailed Prufrock about this, but they have done nothing to fix them nor have they removed this error-filled book from sale. I asked for a refund, which they promised. Over a month later, I've received nothing. My latest email has gone unanswered. Perhaps this review will get their attention:

The authors don't understand the difference between civil and criminal cases. In the mock criminal trial , they call the case Ms. Petunia Pig v. Mr. BB Wolf.  Even my middle school students know that criminal cases are not named for the victim. The authors define the prosecution as lawyers "who argue the case from the point of view of the plaintiff." Wrong!  Prosecutors represent the state in criminal trials; there are no plaintiffs. The authors describe the burden of proof as "beyond a shadow of a doubt"; the correct legal phrase is "beyond a reasonable doubt." etc...This is the most error-filled book I have ever read.
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