Source: Salem Witch Trial Mock Trial program, developed by San Diego County Superior Court Judge Joan Weber’s Salem Witch Trial Mock Trial program.
1. Students will identify and explain the three branches of government, with a focus on the judicial branch.
2. Students will compare and contrast a historic court case with and without the Bill of Rights.
3. Students will apply and analyze the Bill of Rights, with a focus on Amendments 6 and 7.
Handout: 3 Branches of Government
Handout: Scripts (there are two scripts to choose from, one is longer than the other)
"Acting roles" may be assigned by the teacher in advance. Also available in Spanish
Handout: Bill of Rights
The following resources may help prepare the class in advance of the visit.
Primary Sources: Library of Congress provide context around the trials, including details about life during colonial times, historian perspective, and details about those accused and brought to trial.
Optional Reading Assignment(s) Prior to the Visit: