State v. Bean: An Interactive Multimedia Mock Trial Program
Based on the children’s story of Jack and the Beanstalk, this multimedia mock trial program allows students to participate in an important process of government – the jury system. A thirty-minute DVD presents the trial of State v. Bean to students and asks them to serve as jurors, weighing all of the evidence they’ve seen and rendering a verdict. The teacher’s guide provides
instructions and student handouts for activities to be completed before, during, and after viewing of the DVD. A follow up activity on jury selection – meant to be completed with the help of an attorney volunteer – is provided. Throughout the entire program, students are given opportunities to practice important critical reading, listening, thinking, and deliberating skills.
State v. Bean is a product of the joint efforts of theChicago Bar Foundation (CBF), Constitutional RightsFoundation Chicago (CRFC), and the Young LawyersSection of the Chicago Bar Association (YLS) and won the 2007 Outstanding Service to the Public Project Award from the American Bar Association Young Lawyer Division. Activities in this program makethe perfect lesson to complete on September 17 -Constitution Day.