Mock Trials in the ELA Classroom

Yadennis Walantas

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Yadennis Walantas presents: Using Mock Trials in the ELA Classroom

Shake up your ELA instruction with mock trials. Mock trials are research-driven, hands on learning opportunity that has a record of accomplishment with students of all levels and can reinvigorate any curriculum. In this workshop, we will examine the benefits of using mock trials as a means of engaging students in critical thinking, problem solving, and persuasive writing. Participants will learn how to incorporate mock trials into their existing curricula, including how to create engaging trial scenarios, develop effective questioning techniques, and assess student learning. Using mock trials as a teaching tool can be particularly effective for students of poverty, as it provides them with an opportunity to develop important skills in a fun and engaging way. By participating in mock trials, students can learn to think critically about complex issues, analyze evidence, and make persuasive arguments – skills that are essential for success in school and in life.

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Yadennis Walantas

The daughter of Nicaraguan and Cuban Asylum seekers, Yadennis is a dedicated educational researcher and teacher with a passion for improving educational outcomes for students of poverty and military-connected families. With six years of experience in teaching and curriculum development, she has developed a deep understanding of the challenges faced by students from low-income families and has implemented evidence-based strategies to support their learning and growth.