Mock Trial: Persuasive Speaking for Grades 7-8 - AoPS Academy Vienna Campus

Mock Trial: Persuasive Speaking for Grades 7-8

Summer Language Arts

Calling all future lawyers! This fast-paced summer program is specifically designed to combine all the excitement of the courtroom with the rigor you expect from an advanced language arts course. Students build crucial reading, writing, and public speaking skills as they participate in a simulated court case based on the class novel.

In week one, students develop their critical thinking skills as they read and analyze Nothing But the Truth, a Newbery Honor Book by acclaimed children's author Avi. Through class discussion and frequent in-class writing, students will learn how to use evidence to strengthen their arguments. They also learn about the U.S. justice system and their own First Amendment rights, preparing them to make their own rulings as Supreme Court Justices.

In week two, students work together in legal teams to tackle a civil court case based on the events in Nothing But the Truth. Students participate in every stage of the legal process, from filing a civil complaint to constructing their case. Persuasive writing takes center stage as students learn to craft clever questions and compelling closing arguments to sway the jury in their favor. For the final class, students will have their day in court, putting their public speaking skills to the test as they role-play the trial and await the jury's verdict.

This two-week course meets Monday through Friday for three hours each day. It is designed for students entering grades 7 and 8.

Space is very limited for our summer programs. Please do not wait until the last minute to enroll. If there is more than a week before the course starts, a $200 deposit will be due when enrolling, with the balance due one week before the course begins.

Schedule

All times Eastern.
Mon - Fri
Jul 6 - Jul 17
1:00 - 4:00 PM
Mon - Fri
Jul 6 - Jul 17
1:00 - 4:00 PM
Erin Vander Wall
$719
ENROLL
Mon - Fri
Aug 3 - Aug 14
9:00 - Noon
Mon - Fri
Aug 3 - Aug 14
9:00 - Noon
Erin Vander Wall
$719
ENROLL
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