Judicial System Teacher Resources
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Young scholars understand that the Supreme Court is the highest court. In this Sandra Day O'Connor lesson plan, students discuss the life of Sandra Day O'Connor and what its like to be a justice on the Supreme Court. Young scholars create letters describing why they should be public officials. Students research the judicial branch of government and complete a worksheet.
In this checks and balances in U.S. government worksheet, students read a 4-paragraph selection regarding the Supreme Court and then respond to 5 fill in the blank questions.
Pupils examine the responsibilities of the 3 branches of U.S. government. In this checks and balances lesson plan, students identify the powers of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government. Pupils share examples of the responsibilities of each branch in today's world.
Learners discuss the 3 branches of government and write a paper. In this government instructional activity, students discuss how the Judicial Branch makes a difference in the lives of citizens. They require internet for this assignment.
High schoolers 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. High schoolers debate their positions through discussion format. Cross-curriculum activities are provided.
Students study about the first female judge of the United States Supreme Court in honor of Women's History Month. They answer questions about the judicial branch of the United States government.
Students create a series of drawings to show the process of how the Supreme Court does its work. The drawings may be in strip cartoon form or a series of separate illustrations.
At the completion of this activity, 4th graders will be able to explain ways North Carolinians govern themselves in the Judicial Branch by participating in a mock trial and reading a book about the court system (NCSCOS S. S. Competency Goal 4.04). 2. Students will also be able to explain the importance of responsible citizenship and identify ways North Carolinians can participate in civic affairs after acting as jury members in the mock trial.
In this United States judicial system quiz worksheet, students answer ten fill in the blank questions over the aforementioned subject.
In this Judicial System worksheet, students read 5 paragraphs about the judicial system in England, then take bullet-point notes based on what they read.
New! Sources of Law
From where do United States citizens derive their laws? This resource offers an overview of the various sources of law, such as the Constitution, statutes passed by Congress, and judicial precedents established through court cases. It also reviews special systems of law, such as military and juvenile law.
New! The Great State
What's the difference between a state and a United States senator? How does the process for passing a bill in a state legislature compare with that of the national government? Here is a resource that will help your learners to answer these questions and many more regarding the characteristics and structure of state government.
Train young political analysts by following the plans outlined here. After reviewing the three branches of the government, small groups analyze the Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act of 2004, identify instances of checks and balances, and write their own bill about public policy and media. The bill is a complicated text, and while there is a jigsaw activity built in, more scaffolding might be necessary. Handouts and assignment sheets are all included in the file. The instructional activity is part of a larger unit plan; check out the rest of the lessons on the Take the Challenge website.
New! Separation of Powers
In a fun and informative simulation, your learners will act in groups as lead chefs, menu writers, and nutrition inspectors in deciding a new school lunch menu. They will then compare and contrast their experience to the interaction between the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of the United States government.
What are the categories today, Alex? The US Constitution, legislative branch, executive branch, Bill of Rights, and the judicial branch! Quiz your class with a fun interactive game that includes 50 different questions! It's just like the real game.
Students write about working in one branch of government. In this branches of government lesson plan, students read about the three levels of government using various websites and then work in groups to discuss, illustrate and write about which branch they would want to serve in.
Twelfth graders explore data they collect about judicial restraint and judicial activism. For this public policy lesson, 12th graders use their opinion poll results from a prior lesson to write articles that publish their results.
Fourth graders, after studying the three branches of state government and gathering together a variety of art materials, create a mobile explaining all three branches of the government. They display their mobiles inside the classroom for all to observe.
Students examine the role of Supreme Court justices. In this judicial branch lesson, students consider the civil rights and civil liberties as they investigate Minersville School District v. Gobitis (1940) and West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette (1943).
Students review case summaries. In this case summary lesson, students examine case summaries and opinions. Groups of students discuss each opinion and write their own opinion of the decision. Groups present their brief to the class.