In this fast-paced summer course, students take the stand as they put their critical thinking and analysis skills into practice with a mock trial.
Live instructors help students (ages 12–15) build critical reading, writing, and public speaking skills as they participate in a simulated court case based on the class novel.
Mock Trial: Persuasive Speaking
Choose the right level
This course is recommended for students entering Grade 7 or 8. We recommend that students enroll in Language Arts courses at grade level.
This rigorous summer program combines the excitement of the courtroom with the fast pace of an advanced language arts course. Students develop their critical thinking and analytical skills as they read Nothing But the Truth by Avi, a Newbery Honor Book.
Then, students work together in legal teams to tackle a civil court case based on the story events, participating in every stage of the legal process. Persuasive writing takes the stand as students 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 and put their public speaking skills to the test as they role-play the trial and await the jury's verdict.
Students must purchase the required book(s) before the start of the course.
Our instructors hold classes virtually, in a small-sized (10-16 students) videoconferencing classroom. With a small class size, teachers can give individualized attention to each student, providing real-time verbal and written feedback and supporting students' growth as writers.
Our Language Arts summer courses do not include homework. Students receive frequent feedback on their writing and present their work throughout the course.
Drop and refund policies
If you drop a summer course before the start of your first class session, we'll issue a full refund for the course tuition. No refunds will be issued for withdrawing from a summer course after the start of your first class session. We do not accept Language Arts book returns, since they are purchased from a third party.
Our summer course offerings meet five days a week, Monday through Friday. We offer this course in two timing formats. Both cover the same course material.
- The two-week course meets for 3 hours each day.
- The four-week course meets for 1.5 hours each day.