BILINGUAL MOCK TRIALS –Of Mice and Men
Preparing and working in class
December 1, 2017 : mock trial in English
Students from both 8th grade extended studies classes started to study Of Mice and Men from Steinbeck in French and in English in September 2017. The goal of the trimester was to put together the pieces of their mock trial. The Defense and Prosecution legal teams have constructed their opening statements and their direct examination questions for their respective witnesses to help argue their main points about the case. They constructed their cross- examination questions and closing statements and then practiced trial protocols and procedure.
The trial in English (students from the English extended studies class) took place on December 1, with members of the 7th grade serving as the jury and as the courtroom audience. The trial in French (students from the French extended studies class) took place on December 8, with members of the 7th grade serving as the jury and as the courtroom audience.
Finally, students will reflect on the similarities and differences between the American and the French legal system, and give their feedback on their learning experience.
(Ms. Addo, French Teacher – Ms. Aseltine, English Teacher)