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Insanity Plea -- "The Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe
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 s
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The Trial of SpongeBob SquarePants
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
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Ancient Rome: Twelve Tables of Roman Law Using Classroom as Courtroom
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. More importantl
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CSI Forensic Science. Use Science to figure out who done it!
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
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Serial Podcast Season 1 Unit Plan, Activities, and Literary Nonfiction Study
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 thes
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Grammar Court: Episode 1. A fun Grammar activity & game about homophones & more!
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 question
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Police Appreciation Unit
This is a mini unit for Police Appreciation week or Thank a Police Officer Day. Items included in this product are, a sentence strip hat, a badge and handcuffs to look like a police officer. An Anchor chart activity, with anchor chart pieces included. A book to make with your students to send t
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Sharecropping during Reconstruction: Was life fair or unfair for the freedmen?
Sharecropping during Reconstruction: Was life fair or unfair for the freedmen? This lesson is included as part of the American Reconstruction Unit Plan, located here:
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Mock Trial: Class Preparation
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,
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Reader's Theater- The Trial of Alexander T. Wolf
Want a reader's theater your students will love? How about a mock trial of Alexander T. Wolf. This is based on the book of "The True Story of the Three Little Pigs". This is reader's theater is found in my sub plans of The True Story of the Three Little Pigs. Do not buy th
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Teachers Toolbox for Mock Trials
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!
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Handwriting Analysis, Forgery, & Counterfeiting PowerPoint Presentation
The Forensic Science Questioned Document (Handwriting Analysis, Forgery, and Counterfeit) PowerPoint Presentation includes two versions of PowerPoint slides, in both .ppt and .pdf format and covers the following topics: • Document analysis • Questioned document vs. exemplar • 12 major characteristi
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Reader's theater scripts: The Three Bears vs. Goldilocks + 2 more
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
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Genre Study: "THE GENRE'S COURT"- FUN way to reinforce genres in your classroom!
Check out my blog post describing how I use this in my room!!! :) The Genre's Court Welcome to The Genre's Court! My students absolutely love going to court and defending their genres. We
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Supreme Court & Schools
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
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3 Branches Of Government
This download includes the following printable worksheets: Page 1 - Provides a look at what the three branches of government look like and who is in each branch. Page 2 - The student cuts and paste each word below the branch they preserve. Page 3&4 - The student creates 3 flip cards to demonstra
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Forensic Science Ballistics Learning Targets and Review Questions
- Your purchase includes 6 pages, in both .doc and .pdf format of learning targets, review questions, and answer keys. - It also includes a PowerPoint slide (.ppt) and printable sign (.pdf) of the Learning Targets to display in your classroom. “The first thing students need to learn is what they're
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Forensic Science Other Evidence PowerPoint Presentation
Your purchase includes 45 PowerPoint slides, in both .pptx and .pdf format. The Other Evidence PowerPoint Presentation covers the following topics: • Tool Marks • Tool Mark Evidence • Tool Mark Database • Impression Evidence • Shoe Impressions • Tire Impressions • Dental Impressions • Glass Evidenc
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Criminal and juvenile Justice
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 Wh
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Forensics - Celebrity Drug Related Death w/key
With the Drug Chapter I use with my Forensics class, I include this handout where students research the manner in which various celebrities have died from drug overdoses.
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Law and Crime Clip Art
These clip art images are perfect for the study of the Judicial Branch, civil and criminal law, and more! The Law and Crime set includes 13 color and 12 BW images including a fingerprint (BW), crime tape, handcuffs, gavel, law books, fingerprint powder and brush, a key, jail cell, t
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MOCK TRIAL! - The Guide, Rubrics, and Handouts to the Ultimate Project
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.
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African American History: The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow Webquest
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
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Murder Mystery--Who Killed Julianne Stevens?
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 excel
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Holocaust Primary Sources Webquest Worksheets
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:
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Prohibition Warm Up / Bellringer
This is a fun warm up activity for a class about Prohibition or the 1920's in the U.S. It includes five entertaining questions that are designed to grab student attention.
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United States Constitution: Mock Congress: How A Bill Becomes A Law
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 o
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Criminal Cases Investigation Research Activity - Law & Justice
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
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Argument Essay (38 Who Witnessed Murder Didn't Call Police)
Students will enjoy engaging in this argument essay by reading an article about how thirty-eight witnessed a murder, yet did not call the police. They will then work with their group to form their argument and defend it during a class discussion. This assignment is ideal for not only Advanced Plac
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Criminal Process Worksheet - arrest, booking, indictment, arraignment, trial
Criminal Process Worksheet -arrest, booking, indictment, arraignment, trial Terms and description of what happens in each step.
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The Complete Guide to Forensic Science by Johnny Burks
The entire guide, over 200 pages, is available with resource handouts and answer keys. Everything in one complete file. *Please know - this file can be used as a textbook*
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Guide to Infamous Cases w/keys
I've chosen a variety of crimes that I hope you and your students will find fascinating and informative. With many of the cases, I've included questions and answers for you and your students to research. This is a zip file, please use a zip extractor by right clicking on the file icon and following
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Rights of Accused Bill of Rights Violation Scenarios Amendment 4 5 6 worksheet
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
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Branches of Government Jeopardy Review
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,' 'Judic
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Courtroom Appearance and Trial Timeline Worksheet - criminal law
Courtroom Appearance and Trial Timeline Worksheet - criminal law Who sits where in court? How does a trial progress? Preparation for a mock trial
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Bill of Rights Quiz or Test Assessment - Application and Vocabulary
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
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Controversy and the Criminal Justice System (Eric Garner Case)
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 t
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The 'Fill-in" of Rights
This activity allows students to gain a more thorough understanding of the Bill of Rights. Students will be required to fill in the blanks for each amendment. The words selected for the students to fill in are all words which are extremely important to the meaning and interpretation of the Bill of R
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Anne Frank mock trial materials
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 descrip
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"Lamb to the Slaughter" Mock Trial Directions
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 communicatio
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Art Detectives: Mystery of the Stolen Mona Lisa
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,
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Quote Analysis Activity:  Gun Control
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 eva
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Reconstruction Worksheet: Letter from a Freedman to His Old Master
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 J
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The Three Branches of Government: Reader's Theatre Script on the Judicial Branch
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! Thank you! Fabulous Fun in Fourth
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Movie Short Essay: A Time to Kill
This movie, along with Saving Private Ryan, is probably the most impactful movie that I have ever shown to my classes. This handout includes two different stances that students can take after viewing the movie "A Time to Kill." Along with their argument, they must also answer specific questions
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Constitutional Amendments 11/27 Assessment Test Quiz Worksheet Review
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
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Helter Skelter - Charles Manson w/key
I've summarized the events surrounding Helter Skelter and the Manson Family murders. 12 pages that detail the motives behind the Tate - LaBianca murders. I've included resource questions with an answer key (students will need to research outside of the article to answer some questions).
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Reconstruction Amendments Cut and Paste Foldable
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.
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Ancient Roman Law Activity: Primary and Secondary Sources
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
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John Brown's Raid on Harpers Ferry Primary Source Worksheets
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 re
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Differences Between Civil and Criminal Law Worksheet Comparison
Students a description of the differences between civil and criminal law and then fill in a chart to compare the two. Fix the sentence questions included as well.
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Criminal Process Crossword worksheet arrest, indictment, arraignment, trial
Criminal Process Crossword - arrest, booking, indictment, arraignment, trial, sentencing
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