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Insanity Plea -- "The Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe
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 sa
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The Trial of SpongeBob SquarePants
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 s
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Ancient Rome: Twelve Tables of Roman Law Using Classroom as Courtroom
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 importantly
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CSI Forensic Science. Use Science to figure out who done it!
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 o
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Grammar Court: Episode 1. A fun Grammar activity & game about homophones & more!
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 questions
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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?
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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Serial Podcast Season 1 Unit Plan, Activities, and Literary Nonfiction Study
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 these
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Reader's theater scripts: The Three Bears vs. Goldilocks + 2 more
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!
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 i
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Forensics - Celebrity Drug Related Death w/key
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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Criminal and juvenile Justice
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 Wha
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Criminal Cases Investigation Research Activity - Law & Justice
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 o
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United States Constitution: Mock Congress: How A Bill Becomes A Law
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 of
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The 'Fill-in" of Rights
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 Ri
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Branches of Government Jeopardy Review
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,' 'Judici
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Anne Frank mock trial materials
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 descript
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Quote Analysis Activity:  Gun Control
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 eval
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Ancient Roman Law Activity: Primary and Secondary Sources
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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Historian's Court: People of England Versus King John (Magna Carta)
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 th
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Supreme Court Justices Graphic Organizer
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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Psychology Memory Activity- Would You Make a Good Witness?
Psychology Memory Activity- Would You Make a Good Witness?
For this activity you simply plan ahead by asking another teacher to come into your classroom. Have them fill out the attached form before they arrive. You must do this activity while you are in the chapter on Memory. Cover the material you would normally. At the last 10 minutes of the period han
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Federalism 45 Minute Lesson Plan
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-Trad
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Mock Trial "The Tornado" (A murder trial based upon Rubin Carter)
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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DAILY DILEMMA ONE SHEET (#1) (My University Prep)
DAILY DILEMMA ONE SHEET (#1) (My University Prep)
DAILY DILEMMA ONE SHEET (#1) by My University Prep 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 they are also an excellent supplement to any class focus
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Supreme Court Worksheets and Puzzle Bundle for Entire Series
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 as
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COURT IS NOW IN SESSION A Mock Courtroom Play
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 was
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"Lamb to the Slaughter" Mock Trial Directions
"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 communication
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Reconstruction Amendments Cut and Paste Foldable
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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Due Process Rights Interpreted Flipbook Graphic Organizer
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 p
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Bill of Rights Scavenger Hunt
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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3 Branches of Government
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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Preamble Test
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
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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Art Detectives: Mystery of the Stolen Mona Lisa
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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DAILY DILEMMA ONE SHEET (#2) (My University Prep)
DAILY DILEMMA ONE SHEET (#2) (My University Prep)
DAILY DILEMMA ONE SHEET (#2) by My University Prep 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 last-minute sub plans or stand-alone lessons, b
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Mock Trials for Government and Civics Classes: The Trial of the Big Bad Wolf
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 characte
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Economics/Personal Financial Literacy- Real Life Simulation- Job Application
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
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 t
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Amendments 11-27 Project worksheet - one page photo / info summary
Amendments 11-27 Project worksheet - one page photo / info summary
Amendments 11-27 Project - one page photo / info summary Students are assigned one amendment to create a one page flyer on to present to their classmates
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Mock Trial:  People vs. Woodstock
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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Georgia Juvenile Justice Webquest
Georgia Juvenile Justice Webquest
Students visit sites to learn about Georgia's Juvenile Justice Process. Georgia Performance Standard SS8CG6
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Implementing a Mock Trial - Student Handouts
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 req
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Mock Trials for Government and Civics Classes: The Trial of Snow White
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. T
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Monster by Walter Dean Myers Introduction Trial Activity
Monster by Walter Dean Myers Introduction Trial Activity
Students will get a hands-on introduction to Walter Dean Myers' award-winning book, Monster. Students will work through a mock-trial style activity where they are introduced to the juvenile justice system, court procedures, and rights of the accused just as they will see in Monster. Students will
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Ten Commandments Questions and Discussion
Ten Commandments Questions and Discussion
This assignment will stimulate a great classroom discussion and make students think about their own moral codes. The worksheet provides a copy of the Ten Commandments for the students to read and then follows it up with some thought provoking and controversial questions that will make your classroom
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Courtroom Mock Trial Reader's Theatre
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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Rules, Rights and Responsibilities (Grades 4-6) by Teaching Ink
Rules, Rights and Responsibilities (Grades 4-6) by Teaching Ink
Children are not always aware of the fact that with rights come responsibilities. This book will help them understand the relationship between the two. Responsibilities at home, in school and in the community are taught in this book. The purpose of this book is to provide materials that can be used b
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Criminal Charges Webquest
Criminal Charges Webquest
Students will research various criminal charges will studying the Judicial Branch. Along with the definition, students must apply their knowledge by giving a personal example of each charge. Website included.
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I Need My Own CONTINENT Project
I Need My Own CONTINENT Project
Project linked to learning about: * Continents * Landmarks * World Wonders * Geography * "I Need My Own Country" by Rick Walton (Book) This activity includes: * Continent Fact Sheet * Make Your Own Flag * Make Your Own Landmark * Make a Map * Weather Related Activity * Famous Sports, Dish, Animals *
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The U.S. Supreme Court & Juvenile Justice
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 use
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The Conspirator - Chasing Lincoln's Killer - Film Guide
The Conspirator - Chasing Lincoln's Killer - Film Guide
This is a film guide meant to accompany the Robert Redford film The Conspirator, which can be viewed in conjunction with book study on the nonfiction book Chasing Lincoln's Killer. The Conspirator looks at the assassination of Lincoln and the subsequent trial of the first woman executed by the govern
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Supreme Court Case Projects - Brochure, Powerpoint, & Infographic
Supreme Court Case Projects - Brochure, Powerpoint, & Infographic
Three projects that have students research Supreme Court Cases. I have typically used it for my Civil Rights & Civil Liberties Unit so I have included a list of the Court Cases that I have my students pick from as well. Included in this product: 1. A complete lesson plan with objectives, Bloom
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