Dozens of gifted students from Troy Intermediate School in Avon Lake will be participating in the Educational Service Center (ESC) of Lorain County’s Gifted Consortium annual Mock Trial Thursday, Dec. 5. (2nd session 11:50 a.m. to 1:10 p.m.). More than 300 students in grades 5-8 will be participating from throughout the county. The event will be held at the Lorain County Justice Center (225 Court St., Elyria) and simulates an actual courtroom trial, whereby gifted students in grades 5-8 play all the key roles of characters from books, acting as lawyers, witnesses, jurors, foremen and bailiffs. Professional lawyers stand in as acting judges, using their knowledge and expertise to encourage exemplary courtroom etiquette. Mock Trial addresses the Language Arts and Social Studies State Standards and many of the gifted processes of critical thinking, creative thinking and communication skills.
Avon Lake students will be in the following courtrooms: Session 2 (11:50 a.m. to 1:10 p.m.), Room 402, Room 405, Room 702, Room 705, Room 708
The goal of Mock Trial is to provide students with a real-life learning experiences that are an intrinsically motivational way for them to learn and apply what they have learned. Some of the most important skills included in the process include refining listening, speaking and reading skills. It provides a meaningful way for students to learn to cite relevant passages from text as they prepare their defense and prosecution arguments. The students learn courtroom procedures and the people and rights involved with the legal system. It also teaches how to evaluate both sides of an issue and resolve conflicts in a nonviolent manner. A mock trial follows the trial procedures of the lower courts. It is also a great way for teachers to teach persuasive writing.