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Who's on Trial Here?
Students discuss privacy issues that public personalities encounter when they are accused of committing a crime after reading an article in The New York Times. Students then write essays after researching several trials of public personalities.
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Lesson 5: In the Courtroom: Understanding the Players and the Action
Young lawyers put Goldilocks on trial as they develop an understanding of the legal system in the final lesson of this five-part series. After learning about key terms relating to litigation, students are assigned roles and reading...
3rd - 6th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
James Bond in a Honda? Trial Simulation
Your class members will take on the roles of jury members in this exciting simulation. After reading a detailed script and reviewing pieces of evidence, they will determine whether Honda violated copyright and copied James Bond.
6th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Who’s in Charge Here Anyway? The Continued Debate Over Immigration Policy
After a quick review of previous lessons examining immigration policy of the past, individuals read, annotate, and answer text dependent questions based on an article about Arizona Immigration. The whole class then engages the question,...
7th - 9th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
The Bill of Rights
How does the Bill of Rights, created over 200 years ago, still apply to the lives of American citizens to this day? Here is a fantastic resource that includes several resources on approaching the Bill of Rights with your class. After...
5th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
The Pursuit of Democracy and Diversity: The Trial of Pro-Social Injustice in Historical Documents and Accounts
Class members investigate The Indian Removal Act of 1830, U.S. Theft of Mexican Territory Timeline, and President Abraham Lincoln’s letter to Horace Greeley, 1862, and then conduct a mock trial of each of these documents to determine...
8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Teaching the Easter Story
If you are looking for a secular approach to teaching about Easter, this may just be the resource for you. Pupils read a paraphrased text depicting the last supper, arrest, and crucifixion of Jesus Christ as told in the Bible, while also...
4th - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
History vs. Richard Nixon
Should we remember Richard Nixon only for his abuse of power and the scandal that resulted in the end of his presidency? Here is a fantastic TedEd video illustrating major highlights from Nixon's term as president of the United States,...
6 mins 8th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
History and Literature on Trial
High schoolers research a historical event containing a controversial topic. After collecting and organizing information, they develop a presentation for their part in a mock trial. Students perform as the judge, jury, defense, witness,...
9th - 12th English Language Arts