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Judicial Learning Center: How Courts Work

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Six informational and easy-to-understand resources detail how the United States’ courts work. The collection provides young legal scholars with a detailed overview of the differences between civil and criminal trials, outlines the role...
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Judicial Learning Center: Organization of the Federal Courts

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Six lessons cover the Organization of the Federal Courts. Lesson one helps those studying criminologies distinguish between the role of federal courts and state courts. The second explores the structure of the lower levels of the...
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Judicial Learning Center: The Role of the Federal Courts

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Informational, interesting, and easy-to-understand, the five resources in the Role of the Federal Courts collection provide an overview of the historical context, important principles, and content of the US Constitution regarding the...
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Teaching 'The New Jim Crow'

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow is the anchor text in a 10-lesson unit that looks at some of the issues of race and justice in American society and how issues have changed over time. High schoolers look at the history of race and...
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Judicial Learning Center: Student Center

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
A collection of 22 interactive resources provides learners with information about the United States federal courts. The pages are divided into five sections: The role of the federal courts; The organization of the federal courts; How the...
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How the Federal Courts Work

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Walk students step-by-step through the judicial process with a three-lesson collection that examines how the federal courts interpret and apply the laws of the United States. Young legal scholars examine case studies, engage in...
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Organization of the Federal Courts

For Teachers 1st - 12th Standards
A three-lesson collection explores the federal and state court systems, as well as criminal and civil court systems. Along the way, high schoolers consider the qualifications necessary to serve in high-federal offices, and why courts...
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Building Evidence-Based Arguments: "Cuplae poena par esto: Let the punishment fit the crime."

For Teachers 11th Standards
Should a criminal's punishment match the crime? An argumentative writing plan explores this question as class members investigate a variety of mixed-medium sources by experts in the field, form evidence-based claims, and support them...
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James Bond in a Honda? Trial Simulation

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Your class members will take on the roles of jury members in this exciting simulation. After reading a detailed script and reviewing pieces of evidence, they will determine whether Honda violated copyright and copied James Bond.
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The Jury System

For Teachers 4th - 7th
Scholars work in cooperative groups to experience what it's like to be a juror. They are give a guilty or not guilty verdict based on a scenario given to them. They then write a paragraph comparing and contrasting working alone and...
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Court Packing vs. Reorganizing: The Supreme Court in the New Deal

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Travel back in time to understand the effects of FDR's New Deal on the Supreme Court. Academics analyze historical documents to understand FDR's attempts to pack the Supreme Court and the opposition he faced. The activity includes a...
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Dismantling Racial Caste

For Teachers 9th - 12th
It's time to end racism. The final installment of the series encourages scholars to consider what is needed to ended the racial caste system in the U.S. Young historians complete group discussion, written prompt, and a hands-on-activity...
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Parallels Between Mass Incarceration and Jim Crow

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Is history repeating itself? A riveting lesson examines the parallels between mass incarceration in the U.S. and the Jim Crow Laws of the past. Academics review Jim Crow Laws and compare them to mass incarcerations of African Americans....
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Understanding the Prison Label

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Break the chain. An engaging lesson examines why it is so hard to break free of the prison system in the US. Academics participate in a reader's theater, read primary sources, and discuss their thoughts. The lesson explains the hardships...
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Racial Disparity in the Criminal Justice System

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Explore the impact of the war on drugs in a thought-provoking lesson for high school academics. Young historians delve into the world of the criminal justice system and the racial disparity that occurs in the US. The resource provides...
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The War on Drugs—Mechanisms and Effects

For Teachers 9th - 12th
The war on drugs doesn't have definite results. An interesting lesson examines the social, political, and economic effect of the war on drugs. Academics learn how the war on drugs has led to mass incarcerations and negatively affected...
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Mass Incarceration as a Form of Racialized Social Control

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Mass incarceration: A result of a tough stance on crime or racial discrimination, you decide. Academics explore the history and reasons behind mass incarcerations in the United States and its impact on ethnic communities. The...
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Jim Crow as a Form of Racialized Social Control

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Just because slavery was illegal doesn't mean it went away ... Jim Crow Laws took its place. An eye-opening lesson focuses on how Jim Crow Laws were used as a form of racial social control against African Americans in the United States....
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Introducing 'The New Jim Crow'

For Teachers 9th - 12th
When Jim Crow Laws ended, the intent behind them did not. Academics read "The New Jim Crow Laws" and an interview from the author to understand how racism has not ended, but rather changed over time. The lesson explains how prejudices in...
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Slavery as a Form of Racialized Social Control

For Teachers 9th - 12th
An engaging lesson delves into the effects of slavery on society. Young historians read text excerpts, complete handouts, and participate in group discussion to understand how slavery was a means to control society and establish a racial...
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The Power of the Press: The First Amendment

For Teachers 5th Standards
Was what happened in 1886 at the Haymarket riot a crime or a case of xenophobia? Using political cartoons from the time, young historians consider the role the media played in anti-labor sentiment during the time and how that influenced...
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Criminal Justice in America

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The allure of true crime television shows often leads to intrigue of the criminal justice system. Using a six-unit curriculum, learners explore criminology and the justice system in the United States. Topics include the police, trial...
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Where Is the Justice in Our Justice System?

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Justice isn't always blind. A resource uses reading, case studies, discussion questions, and jigsaw-style analysis to prompt learners to consider the consequences of a flawed justice system.
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When Is a Crime Not a Crime?

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Castle laws, the decriminalization of drugs, and light sentences for celebrity defendants have likely piqued learners' interest. Examine the ethics behind the shooting of Trayvon Martin, the civil rights issues with racial profiling, and...
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Crime Scene Investigation

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
How exactly does a crime scene investigation work? The resource, a unit on criminology, covers everything from the deductive reasoning skills needed for detectives to DNA fingerprinting, all the way to how to gather evidence and bring...
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Your 4th Amendment Rights

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Americans love to learn about their rights, especially those that protect them from the government's power to invade their privacy. Young people are especially engaged by this topic. An informative lesson explores four Supreme Court...
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Your 1st Amendment Rights

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Why should classes care about the First Amendment? An engaging lesson serves as a powerful tool for answering just that. As all four cases in the lesson relate directly to freedom of expression in schools, young scholars explore the...
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Why Study Landmark Cases?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Why study landmark Supreme court cases? A helpful lesson offers a brief but valuable argument for the importance of these cases in the field of criminology. It introduces scholars to some key terms necessary for studying court cases and...
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Types of Court Cases

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
How can one court acquit someone of a crime, while another convicts the person of the same one? It's all because of the differences between civil and criminal trials. An informative resource provides scholars in the field of criminology...
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Getting Ready for Trial

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
A courtroom can be a scary place for the uninitiated. Get familiar with the process using a helpful overview of the activities that take place prior to both civil and criminal cases.  The lesson explains the differences between civil and...
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Your Day in Court

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Whether out of choice or necessity, people want to know what will happen on a typical day in court. A helpful lesson walks scholars in the field of criminology through the trial process from opening statements to the final verdict. 
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The Appeal Process

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Why doesn't the Supreme Court hear testimony from witnesses? How do they complete an entire proceeding in less than two hours? A helpful lesson guides scholars of criminology through these and other questions by explaining how appeals...
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The Players in the Courtroom

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Courtrooms are complicated. In addition to the many rules, there are a number of people whose jobs are not very clear to the casual courtroom observer. With the resource, individuals identify some of these roles and review more...
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The Judge and the Jury

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Unless you are a lawyer, you might not understand just how unrealistic Law and Order and other legal dramas actually are. Here's a great resource to help scholars of criminology gain a more realistic perspective. The lesson outlines the...
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Judicial Independence

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Most people support the idea of an independent judiciary in theory until they hear about a court case that violates their principles. An informative resource explains why the concept is important. It also provides scholars of criminology...
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Levels of the Federal Courts

For Students 6th - 12th
The Supreme Court gets all the glory, but very few federal cases make it to the highest court. An interesting lesson explores the structure of the lower levels of the federal court system. In addition to outlining the organization of...
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State Courts vs. Federal Courts

For Students 6th - 12th
Popular culture often portrays the Feds as the most fearsome of law enforcement agencies. Yet, someone charged with a crime is considerably more likely to end up in a state court. The lesson, one of six covering the Organization of the...
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The Constitution and Rights

For Students 6th - 12th
What's the right way to teach young historians about the Bill of Rights? Many an instructor has asked this question when pondering lesson plans over the US Constitution. The Constitution and Rights is a nifty resource that provides a...
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Your Day in Court: Criminal Justice

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
When a person goes on trial for a crime, what options does a court have to render justice? Who are the key players in the legal system? Interested legal scholars answer the inquiries and more using an Internet-based activity, chart, and...
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Judicial Independence: What’s Wrong with This Court?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Why is it important for judges to operate independently of politics or other branches of government? Scholars ponder the question as they examine video clips, case studies, excerpts of the US Constitution, and an interactive computer...
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Understanding the Types of Cases

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Most young scholars are aware of the criminal courts system, but the United States Constitution allows for a much broader role. What other roles do courts play in settling other questions? A case study and WebQuest-style activities...
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The Hate U Give

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas became a quick hit in the young adult literature genre before its adaptation in the 2018 film of the same name. Use a thorough lesson, discussion guide, and series of activities to discuss the social...
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Crime and Punishment

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
You wouldn't give someone a 10-day timeout for eating a piece of candy. The US government, too, does not believe in unreasonable punishment. A variety of exercises exploring the clauses of the US Constitution prompts class members to...
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An Introduction to Gottfredson and Hirschi's A General Theory of Crime

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Parents who fail to discipline their children may be raising criminals. A video summary of A General Theory of Crime by Gottfredson and Hirschi, part of a larger playlist on the world's greatest ideas, presents the notion that discipline...
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Plan for the Murder Solving Lesson

For Teachers 8th - 12th
It's a classic case of whodunnit - with a forensic twist! Learners observe a crime scene and compile evidence, along with emergency phone calls, fingerprints, and interview statements to find the criminal and solve the crime.
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The History of America’s Weed Laws

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
To understand the laws regarding marijuana use in the United States, you can go all the way back to the 1800's to learn about farming hemp, or you can go back to 2018 when California became the sixth state to legalize recreational...
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Analyzing Stop and Frisk Through Personal Stories and Infographics

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
How much can you learn about an important topic from a single image? High schoolers analyze an infographic that represents the number of stops performed during the Stop and Frisk police procedure. After building background information...
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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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American Law: Origins, Development, Types, Examples, and Procedures

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
What is the difference between a civil and criminal judicial proceeding? Learners follow the history of law back to the Code of Hammurabi, and differentiate between various types of laws in American society.
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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 instructional activity 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,...
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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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Judicial Branch in a Flash

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
What is the difference between the federal court and state court systems? What about criminal versus civil cases? Check out this resource that will offer your class members a general and effective overview of the judicial branch in the...
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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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Legal Ways: Extended Jurisdiction Juvenile

For Teachers 9th - 12th
An amazing set of resources! Found here are several lessons that work in conjunction to help learners better understand the juvenile court system. Learners review the judicial process, discuss how juveniles are tried, and hold a class...
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Inside Straight: the Third Branch

For Students 10th - 12th
Learners use the learning exercise as they view the film Inside Straight: the Third Branch. Multiple case studies and the history of the judicial branch of the US government are included via hyperlink and act as the topics of discussion...
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Lessons in Legal Ethics: Crime and the Media

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers examine a variety of ethical issues that arise in criminal cases. They get into groups, and perform a case study of a real situation in which many of these ethical issues came up. All of the worksheets needed to...
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Team Handball - Team Sports 1

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Team handball is not the same as handball played on a racquetball court. This game is more similar in concept to soccer, the main difference is that the hands are used and not the feet. The court is about the size of a basketball court...
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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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Basketball - Hoops - Team Sports 2

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Hoopsters! Looking for something to use to teach your hoopsters a bit about the game of basketball? Use this very comprehensive PowerPoint to teach everything from the history of the sport, to skill techniques, to game plays. Included...
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Volleyball Notes

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Pass, set, spike! That's right, volleyball. Teach the basics of volleyball using this presentation. Review court, positions, serving cues, passing cues, and setting cues. Teach the terminology of a volleyball game using this PowerPoint...
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Badminton - Individual Sports 1

For Teachers 8th - 12th
What is a shuttlecock? It's another name for a badminton birdie. Well, what is a birdie? This presentation covers the equipment, the court, the history, the  rules, the skills of the game, and the terminology that applies to the game of...
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Basketball Notes

For Teachers 6th - 11th
Everything you wanted to know about basketball, and more! A very well-organized presentation to introduce the basic terminology and skills of basketball. Everything from the court, scoring, and fouls, to the five cues used for shooting a...
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Pickleball - Individual Sports 1

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Pickleball? How did this game get the name pickleball. This presentation goes through the history of the game and more. Topics covered include: equipment, rules, the court, and types of shots. This is a very good overview of the game and...
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For The Sake Of Security: U.S.A. Patriot Act & Bill of Rights

For Teachers 8th - 12th
A substantive New York Times article about the U.S.A. Patriot Act, military tribunals, racial profiling, and the Bill of Rights forms the basis for a discussion of the complex interplay of fundamental American rights and the aftermath of...
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Lesson 5: Duties and Roles of the Supreme Court

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders explore the role of the Judicial Branch. In this U.S. government lesson, 12th graders take notes on how the courts have changed over time and then become observers of the court's history as they create timelines that...
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Indiana Courts: How Do They Work?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars identify the branches of Indiana's judicial system and determine the differences between the different courts and different types of cases. Students create a flow chart showing how a court case works its way through the...
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Due Process Freedoms

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Students participate in a simulation of the voir dire portion of a trial. There are student lawyers assigned for the prosecution and the defense. They must review and question all prospective jurors to obtain a fair and impartial jury.
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Science in the Court Room

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Share their opinions on the use of DNA databases in criminal investigations. After reading an article, they evaluate the pros and cons of the databases and work in groups to answer discussion questions. They write a letter to a state...
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Crime

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Crime and punishment! Learners discuss the law, civics, and crime in the UK. They brainstorm lists of crimes and possible punishments, complete activities on a website, role-play a Juvenile Court scenario, and try to think of ways they...
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History and Literature on Trial

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers research a historical event containing a controversial topic. After collecting and organizing information, they develop a presentation for their part in a mock trial. Students perform as the judge, jury, defense, witness,...
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Hodgson v. Minnesota

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students investigate the role of and develop opinions of the court in weighing competing interests in making decisions. They examine the power of the courts and legislature to regulate constitutional rights.
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All Men Are Created Equal?

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students investigate the evolution and expansion of the American concept of democracy. They study how these democratic ideals have not always been held up by reading about Dred Scott and the Standing Bear court cases.
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Justice

For Teachers 7th - 11th
Students discuss strengths and weaknesses of the court system in providing equal justice for all. They identify factors that cause these weaknesses and recommend solutions.
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Consequences

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Learners identify and describe what consequences are and how they affect others. Then they play the "Kids' Court" game as a class as outlined in the lesson. Students also identify how consequences and their actions are linked using their...
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Lesson 3: Duties and Roles of the Supreme Court

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders explore the role of the Judicial Branch. In this U.S. government lesson, 12th graders discuss the qualifications and responsibilities of Supreme Court Justices. Students then take notes on the structure of the court.
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Symbolic Speech

For Teachers 9th
Ninth graders consider the right of freedom of speech as it is outlined in the U.S. Constitution. They receive background information for the US Supreme Court, the Bill of Rights, and free speech. They discuss a series of actual 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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The US and WV: In Pursuit of Independence - Lesson 14

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders examine the role of the U.S. Federal Court System. In this Judicial Branch lesson plan, 8th graders participate in a prepared mock trial. This lesson plan is 14 of 16 in the unit plan, "The US and WV: In Pursuit of...
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Role Playing Free Speech

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students conduct research into looking at a free-speech issue. They role play the events surrounding a court case. The lesson includes guiding questions to help create context and determine areas of further study. The presentation...
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The US and WV: In Pursuit of Independence - Lesson 9

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders take a closer look at the hierarchy of government. In this United States and West Virginia government lesson, 8th graders complete graphic organizers that require them to denote duties as national, state, or both. Students...
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The US and WV: In Pursuit of Independence - Lesson 1

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders consider the concept of freedom. For this U.S. and West Virginia government lesson, 8th graders participate in a classroom activity that requires them to discuss freedoms and rights. Students read an essay about the costs...
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The US and WV: In Pursuit of Independence

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders prepare for their own constitutional convention. In this U.S. and West Virginia government lesson plan, 8th graders participate in a classroom activity that requires them to select a convention president and participate in...
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The US and WV: In Pursuit of Independence - Lesson 13

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders consider the pupose of judicatures of the legal system. In this U.S. and West Virginia government lesson, 8th graders participate in a classroom activity that requires them to review the laws they selected for their...
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Digital Forensics

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine a crime scene and photograph evidence.  In this forensics digital photography instructional activity, students recognize the correct procedures for filming a crime scene.  Students document evidence and keep a log of the...
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Public Trust and Confidence

For Teachers 8th - 11th
Students analyze the judiciary system.  For this government lesson, students participate in a class discussion on methods to prevent unfairness in the Judicial courts.
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Judge and Jury

For Teachers Pre-K - 2nd
Students participate in activities in which they focus on the uses of numbers. In this numerology lesson, students measure distances using standard and non-standard units and record their measurements in various tables. Students also use...
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On Trial - Juvenile or Adult?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students compare and contrast juvenile and adult courts in the United States. For this judicial system lesson, students read and discuss articles and statistics in order to determine why juveniles may be tried as adults and examine the...
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Prepare for Trial

For Teachers 4th - 7th
Students explore jury selection. In this jury selection lesson, students brainstorm questions they would ask jurors. Students examine courtroom voacbulary and role play the different types of motions.
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Deadlock on Verdict

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners read a text about a murder trial. They review related vocabulary, complete a matching exercise and take a quiz. Afterward, they play a game called 'alibi' where the group with the weakest alibi is found guilty.
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Prepare for Trial

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students review the vocabulary relevant to understanding court proceedings and discover the process for selecting members of a jury. They participate in a scripted, mock jury selection and review the various types of objections.
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Black Skin, White Justice: Race Matters in the Criminal Justice System

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine the effects of race in the criminal justice system. As a class, they brainstorm a list of instances when the offender has been an African American and he is not treated fairly in court based on his race. They analyze...
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You and the Law -- Beating the Odds

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students examine the rate of institutional racism in the United States. Individually, they write in their journals about how they can make better choices and increase their self-esteem. Using historical documents, they identify the...
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Understanding Criminal Justice

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students realize that clear values are a resource of behavior in clarifying needs and wants. They clarify feelings and wants and verbalize ways in which they give up freedom and control in their lives by relinquishing decisions to...
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Judges in the Classroom

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students define the legal meaning of juvenile and identify various ways to treat young offenders. They identify the current philosophy of the Utah juvenile justice system using a true/false worksheet and discussion format.
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The Jury's Still Out

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students examine the trials and executions of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti. In groups, they use the internet to research the impact of the executions in the shape of political cartoons and writings. They discuss an article to...
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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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Mock Trial

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Students rewrite a traditional fairy tale to represent the viewpoint of the villain. They participate in a mock trial of that villain in which all regular court participants (judge, jury, defendant, witnesses, plaintiff, etc) play roles.
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Crime and Justice

For Teachers 8th - 10th
Students investigate what happens when someone is arrested. They engage in a mock trial role play about a burglary. They engage in the process of the Criminal Justice System from arrest to sentencing.
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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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Adult Criminal Justice System

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders examine the procedures and protections involved in processing an accused person through the criminal justice system. They view a Powerpoint presentation, conduct research, and write a paper describing a crime they have...
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Equal Rights for Men?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Study the issue of gender bias in court cases with a resource that ponders the extent of gender equality. Learners examine cultural images of men and women and examine court cases dealing issues such as women in the military.
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Building a Model Courtroom

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Learners construct a model of the Supreme Court's courtroom. They design the courtroom in such a way so that the architecture and furnishings in the courtroom represent the neutrality and power of the court.
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Trials and Tribulations

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students explore their beliefs about objectivity and the United States justice system. They examine the facets of a criminal case by researching various aspects of the judicial system and apply what they have learned to the Michael...
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Concept Chairs: A Format for Classroom Discussion

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine various types of justice within society: social, personal and constitutional. They use primary texts, fictional literature and non-print sources provide the basis for discussion. Lesson is based on the novel, To Kill a...
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Crime Time

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students examine fundamentals of American criminal justice by analyzing each step of the criminal process. They follow the process of a well-known or publicized criminal case in The New York Times, and keep a journal of its newspaper...
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Meting Out Justice

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students investigate the murder case of Emmett Till and identify the missing pieces from the case. Through research, they then work to fill in the gaps to create a basis for examining how justice might be served anew in this...
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Trying Teens

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students explore the court cases and legal organizations that were instrumental in creating a system of juvenile justice in the United States, then present their findings in a composite timeline.
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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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Mini-Mock Trial

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students read through accounts of a teenage boy's use of a personal watercraft vehicle. They discuss the presented evidence and consider the varying details of the defendant, plaintiff and witnesses. They come to an agreement and state a...
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Why a Mock Trial?

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Students participate in a mock trial. They discover how U.S. courts resolve conflicts.
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Know Your Rights: Lesson 14 Is Number 14 Of 16 In Unit Plan

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Students examine the court system and court cases. In this language arts lesson, students work in groups to analyze court cases from their assigned chapter.
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The Fourth Amendment: the Issue of Search and Seizure

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders examine the fourth amendment. In this Constitution lesson, 12th graders write a persuasive essay. Students research various cases dealing with search and seizure.
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Lesson 4: Duties and Roles of the Supreme Court

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders explore the role of the Judicial Branch. In this U.S. government lesson, 12th graders take notes regarding how the courts have changed over time and then become observers of the court's history as they create timelines...
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Lesson 6: Duties and Roles of the Supreme Court

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders explore the role of the Judicial Branch. For this U.S. government lesson, 12th graders discuss the qualifications and responsibilities of Supreme Court Justices. Students then create timelines that feature the history of...
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Lesson 7: Judicial Activism and Restraint - An Opinion Poll

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders determine how the Supreme Court has changed over time. In this Judicial Branch lesson, 12th graders watch a video segment about polling and the conduct their own polls of the public's view of judicial activism and...
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Lesson 16 and 17: Supreme Court Trial

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders explore the role of the Judicial Branch. In this U.S. government lesson, 12th graders participate in a mock Supreme Court trial. Students discuss the experience and the effects that the court has on them.
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The US and WV: In Pursuit of Independence - Lesson 3

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders examine songs and poetry that feature freedom themes. In this U.S. government instructional activity, 8th graders participate in a classroom activity that requires them to analyze the songs and poems "Yankee Doodle,"...
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The US and WV: In Pursuit of Independence - Lesson 7

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders consider the purpose of a constitution. In this U.S. and West Virginia government lesson, 8th graders participate in a classroom activity that requires them to read the linked articles and discuss the needs for constitutions.
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The US and WV: In Pursuit of Independence - Lesson 11

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders consider the attributes that make for good leaders. In this U.S. and West Virginia government lesson, 11th graders get ready for a classroom simulation of a constitutional convention as they discuss the responsibilities...
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Rules and Laws

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students investigate the difference between rules and laws. In this justice system lesson, students discuss the presence of rules of their lives and compare them the "Code of the West."
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Badminton

For Teachers 8th
Students evaluate their partner in playing a game of badminton. For this badminton lesson, 8th graders explain the rules of the game and participate in a warm up. Additionally, students observe their partners by completing a...
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Your Region's Juvenile Justice Policy - Lesson Plan 1

For Teachers 10th - 11th
Students research the juvenile justice policy in their area. In this justice lesson, students research the juvenile policy to see if juveniles are eligible for life imprisonment without parole. They write a paper on their findings. 
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Law in the Future

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Students develop a legal system. In this justice system lesson, students examine case law in the Untied States and draw on that experience to create a legal system for a "moon colony" which integrates the legal systems on Earth.
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Vocabulary: Blame It On The Wolf

For Students 2nd - 3rd
In this vocabulary worksheet, students match definitions and fill in the blank for vocabulary words dealing with a courtroom. Students complete 10 questions.
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Court System Scavenger Hunt

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students are assign a particular Federal or State Court. They are asked to make a poster of the court they have been assigned. Students are told that the poster should include a list of the types of cases that particular court hears. ...
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Affirmative Action

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students explore policies concerning affirmative action. After reading affirmative action handouts, students use the internet and other resources to research information about affirmative action laws, court cases, and arguments. They...
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What Makes a Good Judge?

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Learners define qualities that should be considered when selecting judge, evaluate costs and benefits of two methods of selecting and retaining judges, decide whether methods provide for judicial independence and judicial accountability,...
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Participating in the Jury System

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students are taught about the civic responsibility of jury duty by conducting an interview. They write an essay explaining why participation in the jury systems is important. Students name some of the rights and freedoms afforded to...
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Living to Avoid The Criminal Justice System

For Teachers K - 12th
Young scholars brainstorm a list of negative stereotypes in the African-American society. In groups, they develop ways to decrease the chance of them living in poverty and being in trouble with the law. They develop ways to solve...
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Fun with Jury Trials

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students take a true or false quiz about jury trials and then gain understanding of interesting facts. It is basically again, an outline that students have as the teacher lectures. The quiz would be for students to remember for further...
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A Cultural Defense to Crime?

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students define a "defense to a crime" and identify various defenses to crimes in Utah. They examine "cultural defense" and apply it to case studies.
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Trial Simulation Project on First Amendment Cases

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students engage in research and role play to discover the history and importance of certain First Amendment court cases. They act out the cases in different roles in order to understand different perspectives from the prosecution to the...
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You and the Judicial System

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore how the structure of the state and federal judicial systems affect them. They select an appropriate media and create a presentation on the structure of the judicial system, the criminal judicial system and a guide to the...
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Mediation/Conciliation

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders discuss the court system in Japan, and assume roles of family members and friends of air crash victims. They discuss whether they would file suit against airlines, compare methods of achieving justice in United States and...
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When Court Cases Get Appealed

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students read and analyze two functional documents. They predict outcomes using prior knowledge and documents. Students draw conclusions about how court cases are appealed. They list the parts of a court case.
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Moot Court Preparation

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders prepare themselves for a mock moot court. In groups, they are presented with an overview of each activity and research appellate cases related to the topic given to them. They identify regions of the country that have...
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Zen and the Art of Murder

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students describe the importance of citizen involvement in the judicial system. They play the role of a witness to a crime scene by watching the video clip. Students discuss how differing eyewitness accounts can affect a police...
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Damilola Taylor: Young people in court

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars read the story, "The scene in the courtroom" then discuss a list of questions. They look at the criminal court system, and design their own user-friendly courtroom.
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The Death Penalty As a Form of Torture

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students write their impressions to an article about the death penalty. They discuss various facets of the death penalty issue, including whether or not it constitutes cruel and inhuman punishment. Students write responses to the...
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The "Big Four"

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students identify the four individuals who are identified as the "Big Four", examine the years they were on the bench together, and look and the impact they made in key cases.
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Civil Rights and the Michigan Supreme Court II

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students view a PowerPoint presentation on the Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society's Civil Rights and/or the Native American Rights. They write a reaction paper and prepare for a class discussion. They work in groups and discuss...
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Opening Eyes, Changing Minds. Talking About Personal Transformation And the Development of World Views

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students read one teen's story of personal growth through learning about racism and the criminal justice system to explore how individuals' world views are shaped and changed through experiences and education.
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What is a Court?

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Students examine and discuss the judicial branch of the U.S. government. They define what a court is, list three characteristics of a trial court and an appellate court, and analyze various trial and appeal situations.
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Juvenile Justice - Consequences Of Offenses To Offenders, Victims, And Community

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students learn of the consequences of juvenile crime and how the state of Washington includes victims in the juvenile justice process.
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Tort Liability: Mock Trial

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students explore the trial process and the tort concept of host liability.
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Claim Your Jurisdiction Game: Getting Ready For Moot Court

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students explore the levels of the judicial system and the differences between the federal and state systems.
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Is it Legal? - The Judicial System

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders explore the judicial branch of government; in particular, Florida's judicial branch of government.
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Careers in Criminal Justice

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Students identify and explore careers in the criminal justice system. Groups research and present information on specific careers.
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Minority Teenage Fathers: Rights and Responsibilities

For Teachers 7th - 11th
Students examine current laws and use problem solving activities designed to develop in students the knowledge and skills necessary to evaluate situations they may/ be confronted with as potential teen-aged fathers.
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American Justice: Juvenile Justice

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students watch a video that focuses on the alarming rise of violent crimes committed by juveniles. They see how the American justice system dealsl with these youthful offenders. They examine racial imbalance and color-blind justice.
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Supreme Court

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders explore the redistricting process.  For this American Government lesson, 11th graders examine the electoral map.  Students write an essay posing an argument for the redistricting process. 
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The People vs. Guy Montag

For Students 9th - 11th
In this trial activity worksheet for the novel Fahrenheit 451, students participate in a trial for Guy Montag. Students follow the seven directions to complete the trial activity.
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Worksheet #48 Questions - United States Judicial System

For Students 7th - 8th
In this United States judicial system quiz worksheet, students answer ten fill in the blank questions over the aforementioned subject.
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Bug Jokes

For Students 6th - 8th
In this biology worksheet, students use the given code to discover the punch lines for each of the funny jokes as they relate to different bugs. Then they compare their answers to others in class.
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Volleyball

For Students 6th - 10th
In this word search learning exercise, students identify and locate vocabulary terms related to the sport of volleyball. There are 21 words located in the puzzle.
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Benchball

For Teachers K - 5th
Students are taught ball skills and spatial awareness. They are divided into two teams. Students nominate one player to stand on the bench in their half of the court. They then arrange themselves anywhere in thier half of the court. ...
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Independent Courts: How Important Are They?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars investigate the importance of judicial independence and how it is exercised while conducting research to gather information using different resources. The teacher discusses the importance of Law Day. They also read the...
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Conducting Direct and Cross-Examinations

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers identify the purposes of cross and direct examinations. After writing their own examinations, they practice giving them to another student role-playing a witness. They discuss the need for lawyers to be aware of the jury...
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Supreme Court Confirmation Process

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Pupils examine the Supreme Court and the confirmation process. They simulate a confirmation hearing with students role-playing as nominees and others as members of the Judiciary Committee. Pupils compose short essays outlining the...
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THE JUDICIAL BRANCH

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students create a series of drawings to show the process of how the Supreme Court does its work. The drawings may be in strip cartoon form or a series of separate illustrations.
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Which Court Would You Use?

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students study court system and the various levels of courts in their state. In groups, they create their own brief scenario for each court they have studied. As a follow-up activity, they match given scenarios to the correct court, as...
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The Leed's footballers' trial

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students explore what happens when someone is tried for a crime. They expand their knowledge of the name "Criminal Justice System" and develop discussion skills. Students read the story Leeds footballer guilty of fighting in public. ...
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Civics: Missouri's Non-Partisan Court Plan

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine the ways that the Missouri Non-Partisan Court Plan helps the court maintain a system of separation of powers and checks and balances. After discussing the principle of judicial impartiality, they complete a chart...
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The Courts and the Governmental Process

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine the role of the courts in governmental processes. They discuss the importance of each right in the Bill of Rights. They research the process for one to become a citizen of the United States and the voting process. ...
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Independent Courts: How Important Are They?

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students discuss why judicial independence is important to our court systems. They examine practices that may violate judicial independence. They analyze the process of becoming a judge in three jurisdictions.
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Michigan Judicial System Conclusion

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Pupils identify the courts that make up Michigan's judicial system. They state the responsibilities of each court and diagram a flow chart of how a case moves to the Michigan Supreme Court. They participate in a quiz about the current...
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Hydraulic Mining Offline Lesson

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students utilize a variety of source materials to explore reasons for supporting or opposing hydraulic mining. A mock court hearing is held where a decision to allow the continued use of hydraulic mining is made.
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Right to Privacy?

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students listen to a teacher reading of the freedoms included in the First Amendment. They, in small groups, read two editorials about privacy, and compare and contrast the two.
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Justice at the Local Level: Is it Effective?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students view a PowerPoint presentation on the court system. They are arranged into groups and evaluate the effectiveness of the criminal and civil courts in local Michigan communities.
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Seeing the Courtroom and Legal System Through the Eyes of a Child

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students understand that law is a tool that provides for the protection of our individual rights and at the same time makes it possible for groups to live together.
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Rules and Responsibilities Youth and the Process of Change

For Teachers 1st
First graders learn vocabulary in regards to laws, courts, and policeman. They read and discuss the book, The Value of Respect: The Story of Abraham Lincoln. An attorney visits the classroom and discusses the roles of judges and juries.
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Justice

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students consider the role of justice in the formation of the United States and in the operation of today's criminal justice system. They investigate symbols associated with justice and references to justice in the Constitution.