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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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Historian's Court: People of England Versus King John (Magna Carta)
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 t
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Police Badge Craft
This is a craft for Police Appreciation week or Thank a Police Officer Day. I have a blog post on this, that I would love for you to check out: Police Appreciation Blog Post
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How Laws are Made
This PowerPoint takes the students through the steps of how a bill becomes a law. It is a very visual, step-by-step explanation for the student who has little or no exposure to the law making process.
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Economics/Personal Financial Literacy- Real Life Simulation- Job Application
The Job Application is a supplemental document to the Real Life Simulation. In this project each student uses the concepts and terminology learned from the past units covering the topics of personal finance and consumerism. Students receive a “reality check” and throughout the simulation get a real
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3 Branches of Government
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.
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Supreme Court Building Block Puzzle
I created this project as a way to bring in some kinesthetic learning to my Government class! Essentially, a group of students are given a set of 20 building blocks. Each building block contains an excerpt from a famous Supreme Court opinion (ex. Marbury v. Madison, Brown v. Board, etc.). They follo
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Evidence Collection PowerPoint
This powerpoint was created to introduce 3rd grade gifted students to a Unit on Forensic Science. Kelley's Kreations
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Creating Laws Assignment
This is a great introductory activity to do in a law class or even a civics class. Students have to consider how they would organize a large group of people stranded on a deserted island. They must think about what type of leadership is needed and what kinds of laws would be created. Students are as
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Being a Juror for Government and Civics Classes
Room 311 created this resource as a way for you to engage your government or civics students in learning about what it means to be a juror. This assignment encourages debate and discussion among your students as they take on the role of jurors in well-known cases in history. This resource works best
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Abraham Lincoln CSI Activity
CSI style activity where students look at possible suspects of Lincoln's assassination and decide if the person is some way guilty or innocent.
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A Brief History of Law
These lecture notes/transparencies are designed to introduce grade 11 law students to the history that shaped our current legal system. Hammurabi's code, Mosaic Law, Greek Law, Roman Law, and British Law up to the Magna Carta are explained briefly, but in a way that links the past to the present. Ke
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NOVA - "Forensics on Trial" worksheet
Fill-in-the-blank worksheet to go along with NOVA "Forensics on Trial" which is available at http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/tech/forensics-on-trial.html .
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Supreme Court Justices Trading Cards-Updated
How to make the Supreme Court Justices real to students? Turn them into trading cards! This two-page word doc is designed for you or your students to print, research and fill out basic biographical information about the current nine justices, and tape or glue the cards back-to-back: photo on the fro
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Canadian Charter Graphic Organizer
Graphic Organizer for the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
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Frontline (PBS) - "The Anthrax Files" worksheet
Fill-in-the-blank worksheet to encourage students to listen carefully to the Frontline program "The Anthrax Files," a documentary originally aired on PBS on October 11, 2011 about the bioterrorism that followed the 9/11 attacks.
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American Trial
This short PowerPoint presentation explains the order of events in an American trial in simple terms for English Language Learners (ELLs). I used this when showing To Kill a Mockingbird. You can revise it.
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How was Crime punished in the 19th century?
This powerpoint contains some starter activities to be used before launching into lessons on types of crime. There is a word match activity on types of crimes and a picture reveal activity where the students have to infer what they are seeing. There is also a 'WH' question activity of a picture on a
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Adnan Syed SERIAL Murder Trial Appeals 12 episodes, use with this summary
This is a summary of the 12 episodes of Serial. I am a retired lawyer, instructor and textbook writer. I have put this into a form where everything is stripped from the summary but that which is used as testimony, exhibit or is stated on the show "Serial". I clearly identify on every slide which is
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Fourth Amendment Casebook
Students often have many questions about search and seizure. Courts constantly reinterpret this amendment in light of changes in societial attitudes, demographics, and technological advances. This worksheet supplements an instructor's lecture on the Fourth Amendment by allowing students to discove
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NPR - "Balloon Boy Hoax" worksheet
This is a set of 15 fill-in-the-blank questions that encourages students to listen carefully to the NPR "Talk of the Nation" report on the Balloon Boy hoax of 2009. Here's the link: 'Balloon Boy' Just One Of Many Media Hoaxe
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NPR - Fracking & Health worksheet
Fill-in-the-blank worksheet to encourage students to listen carefully to the NPR Morning Edition story "Sick From Fracking? Doctors, Patients Seek Answers"
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Criminal Law Lecture Notes
This is a 4 page document with a summary of criminal law used for a business law class. It is a short summary of information to introduce business students to some of the more important aspects of criminal law. The lecture includes the classification of crimes, crimes categorized by person and prop
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Forensics Jeopardy (3 games)
These are links to three different play-online jeopardy games that I created for my Forensic Science classes. Enjoy! 1
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LEGAL CASE BRIEF
All the elements your students will need to successfully brief a case. ISSUE RULE APPLICATION CONCLUSION SUBSTANTIVE HISTORY PROCEDURAL HISTORY Etc.
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Equal Justice Under Law: Writing Prompt
This is a writing prompt developed to strengthen research skills and persuasive writing across disciplines. The writing assignment is part of the North Carolina Civics and Economics course and serves to compliment a Socratic seminar based on the 14th amendment.
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Classification of Evidence graphic organizer- Forensic Science
This is a basic graphic organizer used by students in forensic science to define the categories that pieces of evidence might fall under. A blank version for printing and a simply animated teaching slide for the teacher is included.
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Bill of Rights PowerPoint Presentation
This PowerPoint Presentation is a basic overview of the Bill of Rights of the United States. Can be related to law class or even criminal justice class.
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Lizzie Borden Axe Murder Trial and Acquittal - FREE POSTER
FREE POSTER GOES WITH THE FULL PRESENTATION ON Lizzie Borden Axe Murder Trial and Acquittal LOCATED HERE.
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Who enforces it? cut and paste
This is a cut and paste for students who are learning about who enforces certain rules and laws in our community!
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Video: What is Federalism? (preview link below)
Federalism Video USLawEssentials presents: What is federalism? This two-minute video introduces the topic of federalism in the United States, its origins, and why the United States has both federal and state court systems. In my experience, this video is especially useful as an introduction at the
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Thurgood Marshall Scavenger Hunt Cards
These scavenger hunt cards can be used as a compliment to the American Heroes biographies. It includes a 21 question sheet that covers all five chapters. However, the cards include all the information for students to answer the questions. Laminate & Enjoy! Product Social Studies Standards: 3SS
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FREE: Due Process of Law -- 10 Minute Simulation and Worksheet
FREE -- Quick and Easy Simulation to Provide Your Students with a Clear Understanding of Both Procedural Due Process and Substantive Due Process of Law! No materials needed! This free Due Process of Law Activity includes: • Introductory explanations to assist tea
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Byzantine Emperor Justinian Assignment
Students create an Acrostic Poem about Justinian and his accomplishments. This is a great alternate assessment particularly for students who are strong writers.
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Developing Government Agencies and Democratic Processes
This project was designed for law enforcement adult education but able to be adapted for high school and undergraduate courses. The project has the students research agency development, laws and regulations as well as create a process to meet a dynamic need with regard to Terrorism. The students w
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Mock Trial Week
This Unit Plan incorporates critical thinking, development, question and answer, and researching skills. Students are expected to develop a plan to either defend or prosecute an individual enduring a criminal trial. Included with this lesson is a grade sheet, fact sheet, overview of each trial,
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Jury Duty
A simulated case where the student poses as a member of the jury, deciding what to convict the defendent of and why.
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Judicial Branch of Georgia's Government Guided Notes
This item is meant to go with the PowerPoint on the Judicial Branch of Georgia's government. Students can complete the notes as they view the PowerPoint.
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Supreme Court Cases Vocab
This lets students write a definition, then draw a picture that goes along with the word. This will help students learn the vocabulary that goes along with some of the Supreme Court Cases
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Landmark Supreme Court Case Research Packet
This research packet is used to guide student research on a Supreme Court Case. Students will research the constitutional question at the center of the case, the arguments on both sides of the case, as well as the Supreme Court's opinion including information on majority, dissenting, and concurring
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US History - Multiple Choice Regents Questions Quiz (Unit 7 of 37)
The Constitution, Federalism, division of power between the national and state levels of government, national (central) government, the national government coins money, the states cannot, Antifederalists vs. Federalists, individual rights were not adequately protected, controversy over the division
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African Americans: Lena Smith and Housing Segregation Laws Video Webquest
This video worksheet allows students learn about housing segregation in Minneapolis in the 1930s and the achievements of Civil Rights Activist Lena Smith. The video clip is just over ten minutes long, but it does an excellent job of explaining the Civil Rights movement in Northern states like Minnes
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ESL Law and Order: The Michael Brown Shooting
This multi-faceted resource creates a platform for students to discuss Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice in the context of the infamous Michael Brown Shooting of 2014. The activities include listening to a news story on the incident, discussing the topic, and comparing the case of Mike Brown to
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Crime Scenes & How to Search for Them Online ~ Criminal Law Forensics
demonstrating using Google Image search to bring up the various crime scenes. These include slides of the following crime scenes: Sharon Tate et al, murdered by Manson Family Nicole Brown Simpson & Ron Goldman; OJ Simpson acquitted Michael Jackson; voluntary manslaughter by Dr. Conrad Murray T
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6 Murders - Lana Leopold Fatty Menendez Blake Spector FREE POSTERS
THESE 6 FREE POSTERS ARE OF The 6 Highest Profile Murder Trials - Lana Turner - Leopold & Loeb - Fatty Arbuckle - Menendez Brothers - Robert Blake - Phil Spector. THE COMPLETE PRESENTATIONS ON THOSE MURDERS ARE LOCATED
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Sherlock Forensic via Drs. Bell Littlejohn Doyle DCI Caminada - FREE POSTER
Sherlock Holmes FREE POSTER Drs. Bell Littlejohn & Doyle DCI Caminada showing the fictional Sherlock Holmes was inspired by Doctors Bell and Littlejohn and their medical student, Doyle (the author). The final inspiration was DCI Caminada of Manchester who solved over 1,000 cases himself using me
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Fingerprint in Forensic Science - Mayfield McKie et al - FREE POSTER
FREE POSTER GOES WITH THE FULL PRESENTATION ON Fingerprint in Forensic Science LOCATED HERE.
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Charles Manson Family Murder Trial - Sharon Tate et al - FREE POSTER
FREE POSTER GOES WITH THE FULL PRESENTATION ON Charles Manson Family Murder Trial - Sharon Tate et al LOCATED HERE.
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Voting Rights Activity
In this activity, students will assess how they feel about voting restrictions such as gender-based voting, race, poll taxes (voting is expensive!) literacy tests, civics tests, voting for prisoners, etc. Use this worksheet before teaching them voting laws so they an assess what restrictions they s
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Civil Rights DBQ-nit
Students are keenly aware of events like Ferguson, Cleveland, New York, and Baltimore. If you are like me, you want to use these tragedies as a teachable moment and really dig into what impact history has had. This lengthy unit can be sliced and diced into smaller portions, but we build in free
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4th Amendment Vocabulary
4th Amendment Vocabulary helps student understand the 4th
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MN v Dickerson Case study
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