Fourth graders visit Moakley Courthouse in Boston

On Feb 1, fourth graders visited the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse in Boston. After touring the facility, they examined a wall inscribed with the name of every person who either built the courthouse or was employed within its walls when it opened. They were listed with no regard as to whether they worked as a bricklayer or a judge, to show that everyone is equal in the eyes of the law. The Tenacre group also participated in a mock trial, based on the book Jessie Came Across the Sea, and centered around an immigration hearing on whether or not Jessie’s grandmother would be allowed to become a citizen. Students were given roles of judge, clerk, witness, juror, or attorney and were coached by members of the courthouse’s Education Department. It was a dynamic and hand-on learning experience for all.
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