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Franke v. City of St Louis Mock Trial

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Grade Level:
Upper Elementary: Third Grade through Fifth Grade
Social Studies


Your “Franke Trial Packet” includes a copy of the script of the Franke trial that your group will be presenting, and also some information about the real trial. Before your visit to the Old Courthouse, please make copies of this script for each student. Also, please assign students a role from the trial and have them read through the script to familiarize themselves with their parts.

The trial in this packet is based on an actual case brought to court in 1888 at the Old Courthouse. Frederick Franke was injured in St. Louis when part of a building fell on his head as he was walking. He died as a result of his injuries. His mother, Julia Franke, sued the owner of the building and the City of St. Louis for damages. Each group taking part in the reenactment will be allowed to reach their own verdict in this case. The decision is up to you. 


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Last updated: October 23, 2015