This is a fun activity to help students analyze a classic short story and practice using logical evidence and reason in persuasive writing and speech.
NOTICE that this "Insanity Plea" activity is included in the Psychotic Short Stories unit, so don't purchase both as you'd be paying twice for the sa
The Trial of SpongeBob SquarePants is a fun activity to help students practice using logical evidence and reason (logos) in persuasive writing and speech.
The Common Core State Standards for seventh, eighth, and ninth grades mention the word "evidence" nearly twenty times! But one of the things my s
This is my favorite lesson for teaching about Ancient Rome, and it's the favorite of many other teachers as well. You receive a four-six hour unit plan for studying ancient Roman law through engagement and interaction between the teacher and the class and classmates themselves.
CSI Forensic Science - Be a detective and use science to figure out who stole the jewels from the town hall.
Your students will love doing this activity, suitable for both middle school and upper elementary.
Students have to use their detective skills and examine 5 clues to figure out which one o
Grammar Court is an interactive activity that will add excitement and interest to any English class session. You'll select 5 students in your class as the "suspects" in a pretend crime - in this case, a stolen mandolin! The rest of the class becomes the "court" - needling the suspects with questions
This Power-Point lesson will provide students with an introductory framework from which to understand the judiciary process. Students will delve into the fundamental aspects of a courtroom such as: the basic structure and lay-out of a courtroom, the function of different roles (judge, jury, defense,
The Serial Season 1 Podcast by Sarah Koenig is a fantastic way to teach the literary nonfiction genre, argumentative skills, and real world evidence-based examples.Even the most reluctant students will be engaged with the content of this podcast!
You will get:
* 6 Introduction Stations (2 of these
This toolbox gives you all the tools and handouts you need to run a great mock trial in your classroom! The tools are all classroom-tested and can be tailored to your needs. 12-19-13 I added 3 more great resources to this popular product based on teacher requests. Enjoy!
Need a fun, fast way to make judicial proceedings come alive? Want students to be motivated to do cross curricular writing? Try this set of three scripts based on familiar childhood fairy tales that teach about the judicial system. The Three Bears vs. Goldilocks reader's theater script is written
Supreme Court & Schools - Great for teaching the Judicial Branch!
Do Now, Six Scenarios, and followup questions.
Sample Scenario: You realize that it has been over ten years since the war in Afghanistan began and you think it is about time the troops come home. You point this out to a few of
This activity includes six primary documents worksheets on the Holocaust. The websites used are from a great primary source site, the Eye Witness to History site. http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/index.html
The following topics are covered in the primary document readings:
The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow Webquest
Students will gain knowledge about Jim Crow laws and discrimination in the late 1800s and early 1900s by completing an internet-based worksheet. The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow Webquest uses a great website from PBS. The website allows students learn about Jim C
19.1 Crime in American Society
Criminal and Juvenile Justice
Types of Crime I: Crimes Against People
Types of Crime II: Crimes Against Property
Types of Crime III: White-Collar Crime
Types of Crime IV: Victimless Crimes
Types of Crime V: Crimes against Government
19.2 The Criminal Justice System
This is a research activity in which students are directed to a website providing information on a number or current criminal cases. The cases are updated frequently, and students have much variety in the types of cases they can investigate.
The handouts direct students to thoroughly research 5 o
Who Killed Julianne Stevens? Your students will use clues and reasoning to venture their guess and then write a summary of their hypothesis. Some students will get it right and some will get it wrong, but every student will enjoy this mystery and the writing that goes along with it. This is an excell
Gives scenarios relating to amendments 4-8 and asks if the persons rights were violated.
Great for critical thinking and analysis.
Relates to amendments 4-8, Bill of Rights, Constitution, Rights of the Accused
I use this mock Congress after The How A Bill Becomes A Law PowerPoint found in my TPT store and before The How A Bill Becomes A Law quiz found in my TPT store. This is a fun activity for students because students come up with their own idea for a law and they are actively engaged in every step of
Have you ever wanted to create a mock trial in your classroom? Would you like to see your students rise to the highest of expectations? Do you want to have some of the most fun in your teaching life? Then purchase this Word document and customize it for your students and the trial of your choice.
This Branches of Government Jeopardy game is a PowerPoint document that allows students to play just like the contestants on the popular game show. Great as an activity during a unit on the U.S. Government or as a review before the test. Topics include 'U.S. Government,' 'Legislative Branch,' 'Judici
You have been called to the courtroom! In this week-long unit, students will have the chance to play the role of lawyer, witness, or jury member. This product includes:
--Role descriptions of attorneys, witnesses, and jury members
--Preparation timeline for trial
--Available witness list and descript
This lesson will have students critically explore a contentious current event issue involving the cases of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. The lesson will invite students to examine the context and controversy that surrounds the two cases, although emphasis will be placed on the Eric Garner case. A th
This product includes a list of 18 quotes from various sources on the issue of gun control. Teacher instructions on how to conduct the activity are included. Perfect prereading activity for researching a debate on the Second Amendment and targets Common Core Anchor Standard 8:
Delineate and eval
Bill of Rights Quiz or Test Assessment - Scantron ready - Application and Vocabulary
yes or no questions asking if rights were violated in given situations and matching vocabulary questions
kids names can be used in situations
Constitutional Amendments 11/27 Assessment Test Quiz - Students must fill in the blanks with information found in each amendment. Copy of Constitution would make it an open book assessment. Can also be used as a review or worksheet
This is a good way to work with historical sources while studying the ancient Romans. This document/activity has three pages.
Page one is a brief collection of secondary source material written by modern authors on the Roman legal system.
The second page is a verbatim primary source of authentic
Help your students to better understand the judicial branch with this fun, yet educational reader's theatre script.
Important vocabulary words are presented throughout the script and students are given the opportunity to decide the verdict!
Fabulous Fun in Fourth
This highly entertaining and engaging mock trial will reinforce any lesson on the events leading up to and surrounding the creation of the Magna Carta. Students will create a courtroom and decide how King John will be remembered in history. I have successfully used this lesson with students in 3rd th
This activity includes two internet based primary documents on John Brown and the raid on Harpers Ferry. The websites used are from a great primary source site, the Eye Witness to History site. http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/index.html
The following topics are covered in the primary document rea
This worksheet allows students to use a primary source document to learn about Reconstruction through the letter of a recently freed slave to his former master.
The primary source document is written by Jourdan Anderson and he is writing a very sarcastic letter back to his former master who wants Jo
Iqbal Masih was celebrated around the world for his work to free child slaves in Pakistan until his life was cut at the age of 12. Written for an upper elementary-middle school audience, Francisco D'Adamo's novel is a beautiful story based on the events of Iqbal Masih's fight for freedom. As they r
Thank goodness for cops cause there will always be robbers.
Cops and Robbers includes 21 unique cartoon images of cops and robbers doing their thing.
All images come in full color as well as black and white line art for a total of 42 images in eps, jpeg and png formats.
If you'd like to know whe
This is a fairly simple (but pretty!) graphic organizer that requires students to locate the names of the nine current Supreme Court Justices, as well as which president appointed them. Great homework assignment or pop quiz!
This worksheet allows students to use a primary source document to learn about Frederick Douglass’s escape from slavery. I use this worksheet to help students better understand slavery and the early life of Frederick Douglass.
This activity is very easy to use. All you have to do is print off the pr
This is a really hands-on group of projects for kids to work on while studying the Civil Rights Movement. There are detailed descriptions of each project, and kids will really make the most out of it. From Jim Crow laws to and ABC book of events surrounding the Movement, this is a great supplemental
This is a Mock Courtroom play to allow students to learn and understand, how it runs and operates, and to learn and understand the key roles of the main persons in a courtroom.
My sister: Most people have that special sibling that they closely bond with. Of my three sisters, Linda Marie Smalley was
My students read "Lamb to the Slaughter" by Roald Dahl every fall and this mock trial is always a lesson they remember and ask to do over and over. Unfortunately it doesn't fit with every piece of literature. The lesson requires close reading, critical thinking, argument writing, oral communication
This is a cut and paste foldable for a Social Studies interactive notebook. Students will cut out the correct action for each amendment and glue it under the correct number. Students can draw a picture to represent each amendment.
This activity includes notes breaking down the 3 branches of government into 3 columns. Then an activity with a blank chart for students to cut and paste the duties and jobs of each branch of government into the correct column.
Follow the clues of the stolen Mona Lisa and see if you can determine who the real culprit was. Students will examine the top suspects in the greatest art theft in history and write about who they think took the painting.
This lesson has been carefully researched for historical accuracy. The facts,
Booker T. Wolf has been accused of murdering the two pig brothers in this mock trial for your government or civics class. Hand out roles to each member of your class, either as a part of the court process, a witness or a juror and let your class decide. Is he innocent or guilty?
There are 9 characte