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Students review the procedures for selecting a new Supreme Court Justice. In groups, they determine which questions the nominee should be asked and practice asking the questions with a classmate. They watch the confirmation hearings and discuss their reactions.
Students examine violence in video games. In this American history lesson, students read an article on the link between video games and violence. Students respond to discussion questions and debate the topic.
High schoolers 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.
Students read "What Was Jim Crow?" and discuss. They look up vocabulary and discuss the role of violence necessary to maintain the Jim Crow System.
Pupils examine crime and fear of crime in the local community and how crime affects young people. They examine crime statistics and see how to make comparisons about national government policy on crime prevention and reduction.
Eleventh graders explore the process of perfecting the Union through changes made to the Constitution, and through the powers delegated to each branch of government.  In this American Government instructional activity, 11th graders research various Supreme Court Cases.  Students conduct a debate about race in America. 
Students take a closer look at the rights of British prisoners. In this current events lesson, students research the listed Web sites that include information about the British justice system and voting practices. Students discuss whether or not prisoners should have the right to vote.
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 a basic understanding of the US Judicial System. Materials are not included.
Young scholars explore domestic violence and the many causes of it.
Students, after reading Chapter 1 in the book, "Latino Economics in the United States: Job Diversity," write an essay that compares the cultural as well as the historical factors (experiences with jobs, discrimination, education, etc.) of the three dominant Latino groups that directly affects their current economic positions in this country.
Students examine the need for laws. In this government lesson, students participate in 2 classroom activities that require them to consider the impact of laws on their personal lives. Students discuss how laws solve societal problems and how they can personally contribute to solving problems in their worlds.
Students examine the context of a speech delivered by Barack Obama. In this African-American history lesson, students discuss the 15th Amendment and the American Civil Rights Movement prior to analyzing Barack Obama's speech "A More Perfect Union." Students compose essays that note how African-Americans have made contributions to the United States.
Students examine federal and state constitutional law relating to search and seizure. They analyze various scenarios, participate in an opinion poll, and discuss difficulties in balancing individual privacy rights with the need to fight crime.
Students analyze the speech that Barack Obama delivered titled "A More Perfect Union". In this race relations lesson, students collaborate in heterogeneous groups to analyze the text of the Obama speech and discuss its implications. The lesson may be extended by incorporating the suggested extension activities.
Students explore the use of martial law at the Battle of New Orleans. In this Andrew Jackson lesson, students analyze primary documents pertaining to the move by Jackson to use martial law in the battle. Students then consider situations where martial law might be suspended today.
Students write a dramatic scene based on The Odyssey and perform it for the class. For this living literature lesson, students work in small groups to discuss the way the characters look, act, and sound. They then choose scenery and props, and write stage directions and dialogue for an Odyssey based skit they will perform.
Students review various worldwide definitions of terrorism. After discussion, students can create their own sythesis or definition and evaluate certain situations for signs of terrorism.
Students explore race issues that exist in the police force and in police actions through sharing opinions and researching and presenting related statistical and historical information.
Students investigate maps and documents to develop a better understanding of a border and how they are developed.  In this map lesson students develop a presentation that analyzes a contemporary border dispute. 
In this fingerprinting worksheet, students answer short answer questions about fingerprinting and then fill out a fingerprint card. Students answer 5 questions.

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