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Public Speaking & Persuasive Writing Mock Trial for SS & ELA


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Grade Level Grades 11-12
Resource Type Lesson Plan
Standards Alignment
Civic Life (C3) Framework for State Social Studies Standards, Common Core State Standards

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In this lesson, students learn about a lawsuit brought by Hawaiian youth climate activists and participate in a mock trial to explore the role of the government and the rights of youth in the fight against climate change.

Step 1 - Inquire: Students reflect on the meaning of justice, watch a video about actions taken by Hawaiian youth climate activists, and discuss their reactions.

Step 2 - Investigate:  Students learn the components of a trial, review the case brought by the Hawaiian youth climate activists, and prepare to participate in a mock trial.

Step 3 - Inspire:  Students participate in a mock trial, discuss the verdict, and reflect on how the outcome relates to real-world challenges and solutions to climate change.

Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Identify the causes and impacts of climate change in Hawai‘i.
  • Understand the components of a trial.
  • Construct an argument, counterarguments, and rebuttals based on evidence.
  • Reflect on the concepts of justice and rights.

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Trial for Hawai'i's Future.pdf

Lesson Plan
January 12, 2024
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Use disciplinary and interdisciplinary lenses to understand the characteristics and causes of local, regional, and global problems; instances of such problems in multiple contexts; and challenges and opportunities faced by those trying to address these problems over time and place.
Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, assessing the stance, premises, links among ideas, word choice, points of emphasis, and tone used.


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