This lesson uses scenes of closing arguments from the popular television show Law & Order to help students understand the importance of using evidence to support stances and arguments in their writing. Students then participate in mock court case to better understand the significance of using evidence to support arguments in writing.
Some media may contain mature content. Discretion is advised when viewing with students.
1. Introduce the activity and inform students that they will be watching three video clips from Law & Order. Students should be instructed to record each lawyer's argument and supporting evidence while watching the videos.