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High schoolers 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 legal system and determine which court would deal with a particular case.
Fifth graders examine the role of the Supreme Court. In this U.S. government lesson, 5th graders read Marshall, the Courthouse Mouse: A Tale of the U.S. Supreme Court and discuss the responsibilities of the judicial branch, Students use their research skills to complete a handout regarding the Supreme Court as well.
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 individuals role in the judicial system.
Learners use the worksheet 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 throughout the lesson. Note: The video is not included but is available online.
Pupils explore the judicial system, its effectiveness, and the many types of justice. They research the judicial system and explore the federal and state court system. Afterward, students read, "To Kill A Mockingbird," and then determine their argument pro or con for a given court decision. Pupils debate their positions through discussion format. Cross-curriculum activities are provided.
Students understand that the Supreme Court is the highest court. In this Sandra Day O'Connor lesson, students discuss the life of Sandra Day O'Connor and what its like to be a justice on the Supreme Court. Students create letters describing why they should be public officials. Students research the judicial branch of government and complete a worksheet.
In this social studies worksheet, students investigate the job of Sandra Day O'Connor in the judicial branch of the U.S. government. Students answer 25 questions, completing sentences with words from the word bank. This page is mainly about the Supreme Court and not a biography.
Student demonstrate understanding of both sides of the argument between Jefferson and Marshall that led to the strengthening of the Judicial Branch through the creation of judicial review. Unit is comprised of five lessons and fits into the larger unit of study on the creation and development of the three branches of government in the United States.
Students examine the responsibilities of the 3 branches of U.S. government. For this checks and balances lesson, students identify the powers of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government. Students share examples of the responsibilities of each branch in today's world.
Ninth graders examine the role of the Supreme Court and its lower courts. In this Judicial Branch lesson plan, 9th graders discover how cases are heard in the lower federal court system before they make it to the Supreme Court. Students read excerpts from The Nine and discuss the workings of the court system.