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Twelfth graders explore the role of the Judicial Branch. In this U.S. government instructional activity, 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 highlight the major changes.
Eighth graders take a closer look at the judicial branch in West Virginia. In this West Virginia lesson, 8th graders research Internet and print sources for information about the organization of West Virginia courts. Students use their research findings to create district maps.
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.
Ninth graders examine the role of the Supreme Court and its lower courts. For this Judicial Branch lesson, 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.
Students engage in a instructional activity about the local and state judiciary system and examine their functions. They read several short guides about the court system and then work as a class to review the questions found inside. An extension to this instructional activity could be for students to visit a real court.