The Brooklyn City Schools is dedicated to empowering all students to help them achieve and learn. To accomplish this goal, the District seeks to provide students a variety of engaging and enriching learning experiences. Eighteen 7th grade students are currently participating in the Mock Trial program which provides an opportunity to gain an understanding of the American legal system and courtroom procedures, as well as an introduction to various law-related career paths. The Mock Trial program is facilitated by Mrs. Kathleen Mack, Gifted Intervention Specialist (Grades 3-7), and incorporates a literature-based Mock-Trial framework developed by The Rendell Center for Civic Engagement. This experiential approach to learning combines literacy and civic literacy through a simulated trial that utilizes a literature-based script. In the case of The Village of Greenville v. Goldie Locks, based on the fairy tale, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Brooklyn 7th graders are taking on the role of various courtroom participants such as judge, bailiff, prosecuting attorney, defense attorney, witnesses, and jury members. In the process, students will learn to identify the witnesses on both sides, write witness statements and opening statements, develop their questioning skills, and learn to write both direct and leading questions. The Mock Trial program will also help students develop higher-level thinking skills, confidence, the ability to collaborate, and communication skills. Congrats to all participating students for taking advantage of this exciting learning opportunity!