Criminal Law Class Week 1

Welcome to the first year of Criminal Law!  I am very excited to be piloting this program and look forward to filling your minds with new and enthralling information.  This class is not JUST for mock trial competitors, but for anyone who wants to learn about Criminal Law.

Day 1: Today was an introduction to the idea of Criminal Law and how our memory is flawed as eye witnesses.  I played a video from Shazam (the robbery scene) and had students get into groups and work to write down every single detail they could remember.

Day 2: What to expect?  The VCOE website?  What exactly is Mock Trial?

Day 3: Should it be a crime? An activity be StreetLaw.

8/27/2019-8/30/2019 English Classes! Week One!

Welcome to a new school and year OHS Yellow Jackets!  I will be your guide throughout this first year journey and strongly suggest that you keep your hands and arms inside the ride at all times.


(1) Complete quotes assignment

(2) Learn how to log in to a Chrome Book, access your email, and Google Classroom.

(3) Do the assignment posted in Google Classroom:

Please click the YouTube Video below and watch it in order to better understand how to submit an assignment on Google Classroom.

Create a document following the instructions from the video, and write me a letter telling me about yourself:

Begin with a salutation: Dear Ms. Navarro,

Paragraph One: Include information about yourself, (your family, places you have lived, your pets, any travels, jobs, sports, hobbies, unique interests and/or talents, etc.) Be sure to include names and ages where appropriate. Be specific with your information.

Paragraph Two: Include information about you and the subject of language arts. What do you like to read? What movies have you enjoyed? What are your art and music interests? What are your interests outside of academic classes? How do you learn best? What grade do you normally make in language arts?

Paragraph Three: Include information about your goals. These would include goals for this class, for this school year, for all of high school, for life after high school, and for your life’s goal.

Finally, end with a closing: Your student, Sincerely, Yours Truly, etc. Your name should be signed in cursive.

Checklist for writing the letter:

1. I have used friendly letter format.
2. I have written a neat copy of my letter to turn in to be graded.
3. I have signed my first and last name to the letter.
4. I have written three separate paragraphs, using complete sentence format.
5. I have used transitions to make my writing flow smoothly.
6. I have begun each paragraph with a topic sentence.
7. I have followed rules of spelling, punctuation, and capitalization.


In teams of two to four you will choose a quote from a book, poem, song, etc. that you relate to and sticks with you.  You will then put the quote on the provided paper in a visually appealing way.  After, you will write on a separate lined sheet of paper why you personally relate to the quote in five sentences or more.  Tell me a story or something of the like.  “I don’t know” or “I just like it” are not acceptable answers and will be marked as zeros.


One quote per group


One paragraph per person

You may choose your own groups.  NO you may not work in with more people.



(1) At this station, students will collaborate with their group members to come up with at least seven class community agreement statements. How do we create a safe and empowering learning environment? Think of behavioral norms that you need your peers and teacher to follow in order to feel safe, respected, and empowered in our classroom. Be as specific as possible.

(2) Create a name tent

(3) Answer questions in group or solo:

  1. How many students are in the classroom?
  2. How many are boys?
  3. How many are girls?
  4. What room number are we in?
  5. Find something red in the classroom.
  6. Name one thing you like about our classroom.
  7. Name one thing you would add or subtract to the room to make it better.

(4) Play Tangoes Puzzle Game

(5) Play Baseball Puzzle Game


Note card activity:

Preferred Name:
Areas of opportunity:
Classroom needs:
Concern/fear about this academic year:

Pass out syllabus.  Answer these questions:

1. What are some language arts’ skills that we will be learning this year?
2. What are three types of assessments offered in this class?
3. What is the late work policy?
4. What materials are you expected to have when coming to class?
5. According to the syllabus, when are you on time to class?
6. What is the policy for electronic devices in this class?
7. When am I available for tutoring?
8. What is my web page?
9. What is my email?