Today was opening night for A Christmas Carol! It went great and Mr. Taylor did a fantastic job with telling that story (and the lights and sound went well too).
I have been really excited about our upcoming mock trial in History class about the Mongols and today was our last day to prep before the trial starts on Monday. By working on this trial I’ve been trying really hard to make sure my team (the defense) is working as one unit.
I am the attorney, and my team captain and I made sure to talk with each person individually about their role in this trial to help shape the testimonies around our main points. My team caption is also really organized and has done a fantastic job at creating the layout for google documents so that everyone can share information and organize thoughts really clearly. To add to that, today we spent specific time with everyone together to make sure that everyone understands how the trial will be run and what is expected of them.
It was interesting because while everyone was given the same information, I had thought about the idea how everyone learns differently, so I wanted to go over details about what they are required to have prepared just in case. As I predicted, some people weren’t entirely sure on the procedures, but hadn’t necessarily asked questions in class when we were first told about it; however, I could tell today that everyone was really focused and wasn’t afraid of asking questions to better understand their role in the trial.
What I love about this debate (and most all mock trials) is that it involves history but not just as facts. A big part of the trial is creativity. Every witness needs a backstory and they can get as creative as they want with it, including having costumes.
After school today I sent the team an email to remind them of this aspect of fun that is meant to be there:
Hey guys, I thought of a few things I forgot to mention during our conversation today about the trial.
As a witness think of it as playing a character in a play. When you’re on trial everything you say should be in first person and present, so for example rather then saying “Marco Polo was a traveler” (AJ) would say “I am a traveler”.
I’ve noticed that the prosecution team to my knowledge has not been preparing the same way as us in the sense of how much the team captain and attorney have been communicating with their witnesses, and I’m curious to see how this impacts their argument.