Courtroom skills can help aid top English students

Sara Mills – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – LRHS English teacher Debra McCarthy’s Advanced Placement (AP) Language and Composition classes recently engaged in mock trials to practice various skillsets and to prepare them for the AP exam in May.

In the mock trial Mustangs prepared by collecting, evaluating, and synthesizing credible research.

They then needed to apply appropriate rhetoric for the given purpose and audience when defending their client.

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McCarthy said, “It is a wonderful student-led project that prepares them for the upcoming exam in May since the trial requires students to practice and deepen their understanding of the AP core concepts that they’ll need to know.”

Junior Chris Bracco and his team won the trial in their class period.

Bracco said, “I liked participating in the trial. I think it benefited the class in various ways. It helped everyone get better at working with a team, thinking on their feet, and making strong arguments through research and reasoning.”

Junior Evan Persad added, “I would participate in an activity like the mock trial again. I found it very educational because it gave me opportunities to learn not only how to make an argument with the least number of inconsistencies, but also how to conduct myself in a setting where arguing and answering is necessary.”