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Students compare and contrast federal and state courts. In this judicial system lesson, students discover the jurisdiction of the federal and state courts prior to playing a jurisdiction game.
Students explore the departments within the judicial and executive branches of United States government and create a trivia game to test their knowledge.
Learners review CongressLink on the internet and study the branches of government. They work in groups to create charts showing the structure and functions of the three branches of government as outlined in the first three articles to the Constitution.
Reinforce terminology that goes along with the branches of government with this crossword puzzle. There are 17 clues provided. Learners fill in the crossword puzzle with the appropriate answers regarding the legislative, executive, and judicial branches. Since there is no word bank, this is a slightly more challenging exercise. Assign this as review for homework or as a brief in-class activity.
In this branches of government worksheet, learners complete a graphic organizer that requires them to label the Executive branch, Legislative Branch, and Judicial Branch.
In this U.S. Constitution worksheet, students complete a graphic organizer that requires them to list responsibilities of members of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches.
Twelfth graders examine how a case travels through the Supreme Court and how Judges come to final decisions. In this understanding the Supreme Court instructional activity, 12th graders discover how opinions are written in the Supreme Court and watch a video to reinforce the process of a case traveling through the judicial system.
Young scholars analyze the role of the U.S. Supreme Court. They read a handout and Article III, section 1 of the Constitution, analyze and rate by relevance noteworthy Supreme Court cases, and write how they decided each rating.
Students investigate the 3 branches of government and the constitution. In this social studies lesson plan, students discuss the role of the Supreme Court in the U.S. This assignment is compatible with the TI Navigator.      
Looking for a quick assessment to give to your class about the branches of government in the United States? This is a multiple choice activity that could be used as a quiz. There are 9 questions, some of which are a bit dated and should be checked over or eliminated. You might use this to inspire your own quiz.
Students study the judicial branch and role of the courts in government. In this courts lesson, students identify the responsibilities of appellate courts and trial courts. Students work in pairs to determine if the situations given relate to a trial court or appellate court.
Students investigate several controversial issues in the criminal justice system relating to death row and give oral reports explaining how their issues safeguard or contaminate the issue of fairness in capital punishment. They offer ideas for improvement
Students explore the court cases and legal organizations that were instrumental in creating a system of juvenile justice in the United States, then present their findings in a composite timeline.
Learners discuss how the issues surrounding school integration have changed since the Little Rock Nine entered Central High School. They discuss the recent events in Jena, Louisiana. Students write a letter to a school administrator about the realities of racial segregation in their school.
In this review of United States government worksheet, 5th graders recall facts and answer multiple choice questions. Students answer 25 questions.
Students determine the difference between the different branches of government and assess the role of each within the American governmental system.
Students determine the role of each branch of government in a system of checks and balances. They demonstrate the role of the judiciary in American government
Learners examine fundamentals of American criminal justice by analyzing each step of the criminal process. They follow the process of a well-known or publicized criminal case in The New York Times, and keep a journal of its newspaper coverage.
Students read the case briefs of Ritter v Stanton. They simulate the trial with classmates taking various parts such as appellant, appellee, bailiff, and justices. After conducting a mock argument, they write their own opinion for the case.
Learners conduct a mock oral argument based on the briefs provided and further research as assigned by the instructor. They write an opinion for the case outlining why one legal argument prevailed over the other based on their own reading, research, and viewing of the oral argument.