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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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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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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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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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History Crime Scene Investigation: Abraham Lincoln Assassination CSI
Want a great way for students to engage in a group activity while they examine eyewitness testimony, artifacts, primary sources, and solve a historical mystery? Download The Abraham Lincoln Assassination CSI! This exciting activity can be used to challenge individual students or to encourage colla
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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
Examining Criminal Cases can be a fun way to teach the skills of research and analysis in a Law & Justice or Government class! This is a research activity in which students are directed to a website providing information on a number of
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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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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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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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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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"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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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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CRITICAL THINKING ACTIVITIES: DAILY DILEMMA ONE SHEET (#1) Informational text
CRITICAL THINKING ACTIVITIES DAILY DILEMMA ONE SHEET (#1) Informational text, critical thinking, debate Is cannibalism ever morally permissible? Her Majesty The Queen v. Tom Dudley and Edwin Stephens (1884) My DAILY DILEMMAS work well as last-minute sub plans or stand-alone lessons, but th
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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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Implementing a Mock Trial - Student Handouts
Handouts for implementing a Mock Trial Classroom simulations/role plays are excellent tools to enhance student achievement and increase classroom motivation. As educators, we believe in the power of active learning in the classroom. As a result, we have spent many years creating activities that re
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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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The U.S. Supreme Court & Juvenile Justice
Students use printable information cards with facts about landmark Supreme Court cases that have helped define the juvenile justice system in the United States in order to compare and contrast the adult and juvenile justice systems. They then act as judge for three juvenile cases where they must us
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Crash Course Government and Politics Video Analysis Bundle
Crash Course Government and Politics Video Analysis Bundle- All Keys Included This 50 resource bundle includes video analysis assignments which cover the entire Crash Course Government and Politics series. Students will use the internet and YouTube to take learning into their own hands and learn al
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Mock Trial "The Tornado" (A murder trial based upon Rubin Carter)
Mock trial for class of 12-31 students This mock trial is loosely based upon the facts of the case of Rubin “the Hurricane” Carter, and some of the actual grand jury testimony (modified slightly) in that case is used in this mock trial. I've used this mock trial for standard-level as well as honors
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PROJECTS: DAILY DILEMMA ONE SHEET (#2) critical thinking, debate
PROJECTS: DAILY DILEMMA ONE SHEET (#2) Informational text, critical thinking, debate Is killing one child to save another morally permissible? The England and Wales Court of Appeal (Civil Division) Decisions The Case of the Siamese Twins. (2000) My DAILY DILEMMAS work well as group projec
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Supreme Court Justices Graphic Organizer
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!
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Supreme Court Worksheets and Puzzle Bundle for Entire Series
Designed for differentiated learning, this activity pack includes 4 viewing worksheet and 4 dual-level crossword puzzles to help students pay attention and learn as they watch the acclaimed PBS series The Supreme Court! I think all teachers know that some students regard a video a
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Courtroom Mock Trial Reader's Theatre
Teaching 5th and 6th Grade students about the judicial system can be engaging when every child has a role to play in a mock trial. “The Trial of Dayan” drama script allows students to participate in various courtroom roles as a character is brought to the criminal justice system in a trial, and the
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Mock Trial:  People vs. Woodstock
I searched and searched for a good Mock Trial to use with my govt. students. After not finding what I wanted, I created my own. This document contains everything you need. It includes all witness statements, handouts, info on presenting the different aspects of the trial. The project takes about
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Federalism 45 Minute Lesson Plan
Federalism is arguably the MOST IMPORTANT concept we have to get our students to understand when teaching government. This lesson plan WILL help you achieve that goal! This zip-file includes an 11-slide PowerPoint presentation, corresponding fill-in-the-blank notes, and a 24-question Quiz-Quiz-Tra
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Tulsa Race Riots: What Led To Them? A CSI Investigation on the 1921 Tulsa Riots!
Tulsa Race Riots: What Led To Them? A CSI Investigation on the 1921 Tulsa Riots! This CSI Tulsa lesson is included in BOTH the CSI American History and the 1920s and 1930s Bundles, located below:
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Due Process Rights Interpreted Flipbook Graphic Organizer
This activity introduces students to their fifteen due process rights as presented in the Bill of Rights. Students are provided four sheets. Three sheets contain large boxes while the fourth sheet contains small boxes and is entitled "Due Process Rights Interpreted." The large boxes list the due
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COURT IS NOW IN SESSION A Mock Courtroom Play
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 wa
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Mock Literary Trial Elementary/ Civcs/ Cardigan Jones/ Criminal Justice
This trial is based off of the book , The Trial of Cardigan Jones, by Tim Egan. It is a mock literary trial where students take roles of the character from the book and decide if the main character is innocent or guilty. The kids get dressed up and have an absolute blast! I have tied this activity i
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Preamble Test
This is a fill in the blank test or quiz over the Preamble to the Constitution. It has 15 blanks and a word bank for students to select from.
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Mock Trial:Fairy Tales on Trial
Fairy Tales on Trial is a unique and fun lesson meant to go at the end of a unit on the legal system. It judges a students' ability to understand criminal and civil law, as well as the process of the court system. This is a five stage group assignment, in which students are asked to read and analyze
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Murder Mock Trial (People v. Lovells)
Mel Gapinski has been murdered! Your students can bring justice for this crime by playing as lawyers and witnesses in this mock trial. The packet includes 6 witness statements, the charging document and stipulations, 4 exhibits including an autopsy report/results of DNA testing, and a simplified rul
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Mock Trials for Government and Civics Classes: The Trial of Snow White
In this mock trial, your students will act as court officials, witnesses, and jurors to determine if Snow White murdered Prince Charming. What could have driven her to such a crime? And did she do it? Your government or civics class will have a great time as they determine her guilt or innocence.
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Writing Prompts / Creative Writing / Bell Ringers: Funny Laws Challenge
Laughable Laws: A Year's supply of weekly weird laws from around the world! Whether you are teaching about laws or just want something fun to start/end your lessons with, this laws resource is guaranteed to give you and your students a laugh! You'd be amazed at the weird, dumb and strange laws the
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Ned Kelly Timeline Activity
This is a timeline activity that can be used for practising personal timelines or looking at people in history. Ned Kelly is the focus of this timeline. 16 key events of his life are included. The timeline is presented in two different ways to allow for differentiation. I find this activity is best
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Introduction to law: Stranded on a Desert Island
I use this in my Grade 11 Introduction to Law course as a way to get students to consider what rules/laws are/need to be in place for people to live in relative peace and safety. I begin with showing the first episode of Gilligan's Island to set the mood and to get them in the right frame of mind.
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Bill of Rights Scavenger Hunt
Students will embark on a Bill of Rights Scavenger Hunt throughout the school. Students will need to find visual references to the Bill of Rights.
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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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Civil War: Glory Movie Questions and Key and 54th Massachusetts primary source
One of the best Civil War movies. Students love it and it helps teach them about the Civil War and the impact that African Americans had on the war. 17 factual and discussion questions are included about the movie along with an answer key. Also included is a primary source written by a member of
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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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Forensics - Bio of John Wayne Gacy w/key
I summarize a variety of Infamous Cases with my Forensic students. This is a printable with a summary, questions and answers related to John Wayne Gacy. I will post several more summaries in the future.
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Mock Trials for Government and Civics Classes: The Trial of the Big Bad Wolf
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 charact
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