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Tiger in a Tropical Storm by Henri Rousseau can be analyzed by your second grade class. They'll learn about the artist Henri Rousseau and then use six excellent questions to better understand the painting. Ten related activity suggestions are included to actively engage your young art history enthusiasts. 
This document provides useful information for a unit on democracy in China. While it does not include detailed activities, it does have a list of democratic principles, and important facts about China that facilitate understanding of its form of government. The desired outcome is developing an evidence-based hypothesis regarding China's likelihood of growing more democratic. Suggested instructional strategies include research, cooperative learning, and/or debate. 
Students define "justice" and discuss the role of justice systems in societies. They examine a Supreme Court case influenced by Judge Blackmun's voice as a justice.
Students explore some of the top Supreme Court cases of the 1998-1999 term, assessing the issues behind these cases and the potential impact of the decisions made by the Court. Small groups closely examine one of this term's Supreme Court cases.
Students investigate how different branches of government affect or aid the appointment of a Supreme Court justice nominee and the responsibilities of a judge. They, in groups, focus their research on a branch of government and present to the class.
The New York Times article “Supreme Court, Split 5-4, Halts Florida Count in Blow to Gore” provides the opening to an assessment of the United States Supreme Court decision in the case of the 2000 presidential election. Assuming the persona of a Supreme Court judge, a presidential candidate, or a voter, class members assess the text of the ruling. Extension activities, a resource list, and links are included in this very detailed lesson.
Learners explore and investigate multiple aspects of citizenship and democracy in a sequence of lessons that involve thoughtful discussin and participation to assist in gaining a better perspective of what citizenship and domocracy is, and for whom.
How does a judge in the federal judicial court decide on a verdict? Give your middle and high schoolers a better idea of how final decisions are made in the judicial system. Then split your class into four groups, assigning each group a Supreme Court case relating to technology and the First Amendment. A list of questions is provided for each group to answer. Oral presentations wrap up the day's events. 
Students examine the question of relocation in child custody litigation. In groups, they then discuss and present potential problems and solutions for the different parties involved in child custody when one parent decides to move.
High schoolers describe the structure and function of the United States Supreme Court. They examine and analyze decisions made by the Court. They participate in a debate about recent issues.
Students are to define the consequences. They identify the consequences of juvenile crime on offenders, victims and the community. Students increase the responsibility to self, others and the community. They identify how Utah includes victims in the juvenile justice process.
Students research the Constitutional provision for the Judicial branch of government. They examine different U.S. founder's positions on the relative strength of the judicial branch and act as a review court for Marbury vs. Madison.
Students discover how courts determine property possession using evidence. In this critical analysis instructional activity, students use provided case studies and evidence to determine legal possession. This instructional activity would be suitable for group work and could be used in a variety of different ways.
Students consider disruptive school behavior and how school districts in several states are turning to the juvenile justice system for help. They debate this issue from a variety of perspectives, and write a paper.
What exactly is the third branch of government? Your class will examine the Supreme Court and its role as the third branch. They will explore a wide variety of sources to learn about the evolution of the Supreme Court and its cases.
Students explore South African history from pre-colonial times to today. They create a timeline of important events in South African history and reflect on connections between this timeline and the existence of tribal traditions in the country.
Young scholars discuss privacy issues that public personalities encounter when they are accused of committing a crime after reading an article in The New York Times. Students then write essays after researching several trials of public personalities.
Using the Internet, as well as textbooks, high school scholars research how Congress has evolved over the years. They examine legislative leaders and their accomplishments, compare and contrast legislative procedures in various eras, and investigate Congress's ability to change public opinion. The richly detailed packet includes a wealth of materials and resource links.
Why were laws created? Spark a group discussion on why we need laws to co-exist. Should the sale of some things be outlawed on Sundays? Read a case summary between Target and the state of Minnesota that debated this issue. Ask your learners to discuss how laws evolve over time. Why are changes necessary? Are they fair? Wrap up the lesson by presenting them with a list of bizarre Sunday laws. For example, "On Sunday in Cicero, Illinois, it is illegal to be humming on the streets." 
Fifth graders compare the three branches of government to a three-legged chair. In this government lesson, 5th graders discuss the Founding Fathers, the Constitution, and checks and balances. Students study what each branch of government does and the names for each.