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Twelfth graders discover details about Wisconsin v. Mitchell. In this Judicial Branch lesson, 12th graders practice their Supreme Court vocabulary and participate in the prepared Supreme Court simulation. As a culminating activity, students write briefs.
Students, in teams, research the legislative branch and complete a "Legislative Information List." Teams research different parts of the list and jigsaw teach the other groups about each part. One group researches names of state officials.
Students research and prepare a persuasive paper on how federal courts should be constructed in a new country. In this Federal Court System instructional activity, students decide whether they should model a new country's federal courts after the US court system or create a new type of federal court system. Students also demonstrate how power of the courts in this new country will be limited.
Students research structure, function and primary responsibilities of each office of the Executive branch, create a chart displaying their research.
Fifth graders explain the process of making and passing laws within Congress by simulating this as a class. They review the three branches of government and focus on the legislative branch for the purposes of creating a bill.
Students review Watergate Files and the Watergate Trial using Internet sites. They read about the people involved in Watergate. They discuss the events leading up to and after Watergate.
Fourth graders create a time capsule that is representative of their community. They explain why the chosen objects are representative of themselves or their community.
Identify the features of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of the US Government. Then define popular sovereignty, limited government, and separation of powers. Pupils are to answer each of the 5 questions completely at home and email answers to their instructor.
Learners examine the US Constitution, Bill of Rights, and Supreme Court cases in order to broaden their understanding of the US Judicial System. They research a variety of textual and Internet resources to create a tri-fold brochure, which houses a summary and pro/con argument related to one Civil Rights issue.
Twelfth graders explore the functions of the Federal Court System. In this Judicial Branch activity, 12th graders examine the needs for courts as they discuss justice and rights, take a virtual tour of the Supreme Court building,and complete the provided guided reading handouts. 
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 highlight the major changes.
Twelfth graders discover details about selected Supreme Court cases. In this Judicial Branch lesson, 12th graders research selected cases and then make classroom presentations on the cases following the provided rubric.
Twelfth graders discover details about selected Supreme Court cases. In this Judicial Branch lesson plan, 12th graders research selected cases and then make classroom presentations on the cases following the provided rubric.
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 Mockingbird.
In this online interactive literature worksheet, students respond to 9 short answer and essay questions about Isak Dinesen's Out of AfricaStudents may check some of their answers online.
Second graders explain the institutions and practices of governments in the United States and other countries. They explain the difference between making laws, carrying out laws, determining if laws have been violated and punishing wrongdoers.
Students research the judiciary branch of government, the way in which judges are appointed and the apparent loopholes and remedies in the legal process.
High schoolers examine the rule of law and government in this civics lesson. They discover the origins and how it impacts them on a daily basis. They also analyze its role in the judicial system.
Fourth graders explore the three branches of government.
Students review concepts shown to them in a telecast on the role of the judiciary in a system of separation of powers. After reading an article, they work together in groups to complete a chart on checks and balances. They also discuss Hamilton's belief that the judiciary would be most dangerous to individual freedoms.