To become familiar with the organization and basic principles of the system of law in the United States.
1 class period
Students begin the lesson by reading information on pages 63A-63B about the system of law in the United States, which is arranged into the following sections:
Branches of Law
1. Contract and commercial law
2. Tort law
3. Property law
4. Inheritance law
5. Family law
6. Corporation law
1. Criminal law
2. Constitutional law
3. Administrative law
4. International law
As they are reading, have class members underline or highlight the most important ideas in each paragraph.
Following the reading, distribute the Contest sheets (pages 63C-63D). Go over the rules and have students begin.
Starting with number 1 in the Contest, students will look for a sentence in the previously read information that begins with “Private,” and where the following sentence ends with “citizens.” Once found, they must write the two sentences in the space for number 1 by filling in the missing words. This continues in the same way with 2-11, which can be found in order in the reading selection. Each of the 11 includes a pair of consecutive sentences.
As the kids complete their papers and hand them to you, put the numbers 1-15 at the top to designate the tentative order of finish. Although there will only be 10 winners, collect 15 papers in the event some of the first 10 finishers do not have perfect papers.
Next, return the 15 papers, have all class members exchange their papers, and read the answers to the class. Remind the students to check off sentences that do not include the exact words in the answer. Determine the final order of finish by eliminating class members who make one or more mistakes.
When the contest is over, students have learned about the organization and basic principles of the system of law in America.
Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions and answer key included, along with a 20-question follow up quiz to measure student progress. The quiz can also be given as a homework assignment.