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

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Mock Trial: Persuasive Speaking for Grades 7-8

Summer Language Arts

This fast-paced summer program for students entering grade 7 or 8 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.

Space is very limited for our summer programs. Please do not wait until the last minute to enroll.

Summer Enrollment Deadlines: Summer Language Arts enrollment for each class closes two weeks before the class start date to allow time for delivery of course reading material. Summer Math enrollment for each class closes one day before the class starts.

Schedule in 2020

Mon - Fri
Jul 6 - Jul 17
12:30 - 3:30 PM EDT
Mon - Fri
Jul 6 - Jul 17
2 Weeks
12:30 - 3:30 PM EDT
9:30 - 12:30 PM PDT
Andrea Hitefield
$749
Full
Mon - Fri
Jul 6 - Jul 17
12:30 - 3:30 PM EDT
Mon - Fri
Jul 6 - Jul 17
2 Weeks
12:30 - 3:30 PM EDT
9:30 - 12:30 PM PDT
John Warren
$749
Full
Mon - Fri
Jul 6 - Jul 17
12:30 - 3:30 PM EDT
Mon - Fri
Jul 6 - Jul 17
2 Weeks
12:30 - 3:30 PM EDT
9:30 - 12:30 PM PDT
Ayra Coles
$749
Closed
Mon - Fri
Jul 20 - Jul 31
12:30 - 3:30 PM EDT
Mon - Fri
Jul 20 - Jul 31
2 Weeks
12:30 - 3:30 PM EDT
9:30 - 12:30 PM PDT
Kevin Clifford
$749
Full
Mon - Fri
Jul 20 - Jul 31
12:30 - 3:30 PM EDT
Mon - Fri
Jul 20 - Jul 31
2 Weeks
12:30 - 3:30 PM EDT
9:30 - 12:30 PM PDT
Sam Strozzo
$749
Full
Mon - Fri
Jul 20 - Jul 31
12:30 - 3:30 PM EDT
Mon - Fri
Jul 20 - Jul 31
2 Weeks
12:30 - 3:30 PM EDT
9:30 - 12:30 PM PDT
Tawnie Black
$749
Full
Mon - Fri
Aug 3 - Aug 14
12:30 - 3:30 PM EDT
Mon - Fri
Aug 3 - Aug 14
2 Weeks
12:30 - 3:30 PM EDT
9:30 - 12:30 PM PDT
TBA
$749
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