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Students examine how jury duty is a type of civic engagement. They interview an adult about their thoughts and feeling on jury duty. They look at famous Supreme Court cases such as Brown vs. Board of Education.
Students come up with a synopsis of whether they feel jury duty is necessary or not and how people rate their experience. They research state jury duty websites and express their ideas. They can propose changes that they feel may improve the current jury system as well.
Students are taught about the civic responsibility of jury duty by conducting an interview. They write an essay explaining why participation in the jury systems is important. Students name some of the rights and freedoms afforded to citizens of the United States.
In this online interactive grammar skills lesson, students examine 11 sentences and identify the part of each sentence that is grammatically incorrect.
Students discover their responsibilties of being a citizen by conducting an interview. They discuss the rights and freedoms given to them and review the rules of eligibility for being a member of a jury. They write an essay about why participating in a jury is important.
“Learning to discuss. . . controversial topics in an open and respectful way is a key to ensuring a healthy classroom, school, and community.” Guided by this principle, this resource is structured with a series of exercises that asks class members to explore hate symbols and hate speech. Learners look at the historical significance and harmful effects of these words and symbols, examine the First Amendment and consider how it should apply, and set ground rules for discussing controversial topics “in an open and respectful way.”
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.
Students explore their beliefs about objectivity and the United States justice system. They examine the facets of a criminal case by researching various aspects of the judicial system and apply what they have learned to the Michael Jackson trial.
Students review the vocabulary relevant to understanding court proceedings and discover the process for selecting members of a jury. They participate in a scripted, mock jury selection and review the various types of objections.
Seventh graders become familiar with historical trends by studying the period from 1880-1948. In this After Reconstruction lesson, 7th graders participate in a research project and emcee a panel discuss similar to Meet the Press. Students locate events in African American history highlighting problems of African Americans.
Students explore the constitutional guarantee of the right to trial by jury. In this U. S. Constitution lesson, students read or view Twelve Angry Men and respond to discussion questions regarding the jury. Students examine the constitutional provisions raised by the book/film and create posters that promote the assurance of impartial juries in the American judicial system.
As part of an extensive unit on judicial proceedings, this jury simulation activity will have your young legal experts on the edge of their seats! Scholars listen to you read a letter to them about a hypothetical court case and the options a jury has. They brainstorm the purpose of jurors and discuss ethical and practical reasons for this system, rating and explaining the top three reasons on a worksheet. Then, they speak on one of these reasons, explaining why it is important. There is a rubric included here. A jury questionnaire and notice to appear provide primary documents. All handouts can be easily found online.
Students explore Latinos and the Fourteenth Amendment. For this government and law lesson, students analyze the ruling in Hernandez v. Texas. Students predict how the United States would be different if the court had made an alternated decision. Students write an essay.
Students explore jury selection. In this jury selection lesson plan, students brainstorm questions they would ask jurors. Students examine courtroom voacbulary and role play the different types of motions.
Young scholars examine the process of jury selection. They practice using new vocabulary related to the process and court proceedings. They explain each type of motion used in a court proceeding as well.
In this Athenian democracy instructional activity, students read a 1-page selection about Periclean democracy and then respond to 27 short answer and fill in the blank questions.
Law and society go hand-in-hand, explore the  law as it pertains to social impact throughout history. Here are 20 excellent questions that have learners examine law from the code of Hammurabi, to Napoleonic law and the Magna Carta. Perfect for an advanced civics class.
Students analyze Article III and the Seventh Amendment. In this US Justice lesson, students research the US jury system and complete a Student Jury questionnaire. Students will discuss the impact the implementation of the Jury System had on US Justice system.
Eleventh graders examine the denial of rights to individuals in the United States.  In this American Government instructional activity, 11th graders study President Roosevelt's Day of Infamy speech.  Students create a presentation on the denial of rights in the United States. 
Learners present a courtroom simulation demonstrating common good, decision making model, opportunity cost, limited resources, pursuit of happiness and civic writing.

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