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Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Christian Mock Trial Curriculum ~ a TOS review

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC Regulations.
Homeschool Court
If you have a budding lawyer in your homeschool the Christian mock trial curriculum from Homeschool Court just might be the best curriculum you have been looking for. Homeschool Court sent our family their homeschool mock trial curriculum to try out for the last six weeks.

Deborah Morris Burton, the creator of Homeschool Court, is also a practicing lawyer in Maryland. She created her mock trial curriculum when one of her children expressed interest in the career she had before beginning to homeschool them. To help show them just what she did, she started creating fun mock trial classes to show her children and others the basic operations of the judicial system.

We received PDF copies of the:

~ Student Worktext: the book helps walk your student step-by-step through the entire course in nine chapters. Throughout the course the student will work on reading comprehension, logic, writing, and debate skills.

~ Teacher Manual: Includes the same text as the Student Worktext but also includes all of the answers. Discussion tips, suggested activities, and recommended extra resources are also included.

~ High School Supplement: This helps you extend the curriculum for 9th-12th graders by giving them a more in-depth study of what is included in the Student Worktext.


~ Three Case Summaries:

A Contested Will ~ did the child of the deceased forge the parents signature? Help determine the authenticity of the will.

School Prayer: a Supreme Court appeal case in which the student will engage in oral arguments to present their argument to the Justices.

Dog Bite at the Dog Show ~ a large Akita dog bites an attendee at a local dog show causing a serious injury. Who is at fault?

~ Teacher Case Summaries: All three of the Case Summaries are available separately with all the details needed to teach. 

To use you will need to purchase the individual Student Worktext, Teacher Manual,  Student Case Summary, and Teacher Case Summary for each case. The curriculum is geared towards students in 4-8th grades and as mentioned above available with a high school supplement for 9th – 12th graders. This high school supplement would also need to be purchased separately. 

Throughout the course your student will learn the basics of the American judicial system through a Biblical Worldview. If the thought of debating or speaking publicly frightens your child, be comforted in the fact that not every student has to argue the case as the prosecutor or defense attorney. There are other jobs inside the courtroom trial such as the judge, witnesses, etc.

Overall, we have been pleased with this mock trial curriculum. My 8th and 5th grade daughters and I worked through the Dog Bite at the Dog Show Case summary because that is what interested them the most. As a court reporting student I love this curriculum! The Jury Charge alone is gold to me as I learn to perfect my craft and write on my steno machine. Once we got to the Jury Charge portion of the case, I had my girls take turns reading the Charge aloud. Since they both read at different speeds it was great practice for me to try to get the record written down.

We will be continuing on with this mock trial course over the course of the next few weeks. Be sure to check out what my 18 CrewMates though of this curriculum by clicking the banner below.
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 Format ~ Digital PDF files 
 Price ~ between $4.99 - $29.99 
 Ages ~ 4th – 12th graders
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