Criminal Law Teacher Resources

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Criminal Law

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Identify important aspects of criminal law and the criminal law process. Junior high readers demonstrate verbal and written skill that focus on enduring issues, divergent viewpoints, and excerpts from famous speeches and documents in...
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Lesson 4: The Judiciary: A Brief Introduction to the Courts System

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
Focusing on the judicial branch of government, the fourth lesson in this series explores the structure of the US courts system. Beginning with an engaging activity based on the short story The Lady or the Tiger, students go on to examine...
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Criminal Law & Juvenile Justice

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine policies for punishing criminals: retribution, deterrence, incapacitation, and rehabilitation, discuss differences between adult and juvenile criminal systems, distinguish different degrees of assault based on elements...
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Sources of Law

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
From where do United States citizens derive their laws? This resource offers an overview of the various sources of law, such as the Constitution, statutes passed by Congress, and judicial precedents established through court cases. It...
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Court Proceedings Civil Cases

For Teachers 9th - 12th
What's the difference between civil and criminal law? How do the court proceedings differ in these two types of trials? How do the standards of proof differ? Why do these differences exist? As part of their examination of the US court...
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Lesson 5: In the Courtroom: Understanding the Players and the Action

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
Young lawyers put Goldilocks on trial as they develop an understanding of the legal system in the final lesson of this five-part series. After learning about key terms relating to litigation, students are assigned roles and reading...
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Practice Test: Law and the Courts

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
What is a civil case? Who appoints members to the US Supreme Court? What is the ultimate goal of sentencing juveniles? Here is a 15-question multiple-choice assessment on law and the court system in the United States.
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Civil Law, Criminal Law: What's the Difference?

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students compare the differences between a common law and civil law system. They discover how and why Louisiana is the only state with a Civil Code.
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Understanding the Significance of the Nationalization of the Bill of Rights

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders study the impact of the Nationalization of the Bill of Rights upon criminal law. They analyze opposition to expansionist viewpoints that could possibly create more checks and balances on the state courts and analyze...
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Government Lesson Plan: Lesson Plan 9

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Students examine and compare/contrast the steps of criminal and civil cases. They define key vocabulary terms, develop an outline of a criminal and civil trial, and analyze the differences in standards of proof in legal cases.
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Laws...Who Needs Them?

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Who needs laws? Junior high schoolers sure do! Provide your 7th-9th graders with an understandng about why laws are important and how they are used to create a functioning society. Learners use a series of handouts and readings to build...
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Criminal Law -- Miranda

For Teachers 8th - 9th
Learners examine the law and the Miranda rights. They role play members of law enforcement and ones being arrested.
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Crimes from Mother Goose

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Students use Nursery rhymes in a discussion of crimes and criminals in order to study how criminal law has developed and changed to maintain an organized society. They decide on the identity of criminals, the crime, and the name of the...
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Tort Law

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students study the concept of negligence. They recognize the difference between civil and criminal law and examine the factors that courts consider when considering if there is a duty and whether it has been breached. They argue either...
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Criminal Law: Rape

For Teachers Higher Ed
Students explore the different degrees and types of rape as defined in the state of Washington. They role-play as prosecutors, defense attorneys, and judges, with one of each in different groups. The attorneys present their cases and the...
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Crime and Punishment

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Here are some loose and open-ended ideas to introduce younger learners to the importance of following laws. Suggestions focus on crime, punishment, and the legal process. Activity suggestions include a mock trial, writing dialogue, and...
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Enriching Students' Understanding of Criminal and Tort Law Using Technology

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Pupils define criminal and tort law and explain how they are different.
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The Rule of Law

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
What functions do laws serve in our society? Your learners will be guided through several interactive activities to address this question, and to consider the impact of rule of law in American society.
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Participating in a Public Hearing on Cardinal City’s Skate Park Controversy: “Will it be a Radical Ride or a Bogus Bust?”

For Teachers 10th Standards
Class members stage a mock public hearing on the question of whether or not Cardinal City should build a skate park. This carefully crafted resource includes complete directions, role cards for council members, proponents, opponents, and...
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Cold Case Files: Solving the Mystery of the Salem Witch Trials

For Teachers 5th - 10th Standards
The Salem Witch Trials provide a perfect opportunity to connect English language arts and US history classes. Here's a resource that provides a wealth of essential questions, activities, and materials. Class groups assume the role of...
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Berghuis v Thomkins: Is This the Will of the People? (Criminal’s Rights)

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
"You have the right to remain silent. . ." But should a suspect exercise that right? Should laws establish and defend the rights of an individual or reflect the will of "the people?" After reading and annotating a series of primary...
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Sample Test: Law, Past & Present

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
From the Magna Carta. Code of Hammurabi, and common law to today's special interest groups and law enforcement agencies, test your young historians on the evolution of the rule of law in society with this multiple choice assessment.
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Police Officer’s 101

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
What characteristics does an effective police officer have? Your young citizens will explore the roles of police officers and/or SRO's in their community by participating in an acting activity, whereby they will be given a particular...
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School Segregation

For Teachers 8th - 11th Standards
Young historians explore monumental events in the history of school segregation in the United States, such as Brown v. Board of Education and the Little Rock Nine. They conclude with an experiential activity by delivering an argument in...

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