You can purchase all of my U.S. Government resources which includes power points, guided notes (with questions), homework, quizzes, unit tests, and group projects here: U.S. Government Resources
A quick word about my teaching style so that you know what you are getting into. I have worked at several schools in the past where I did not have the ability to check out books to students because of short supply. Because of this, I created materials in which I wouldn't need my students to have a textbook to be prepared for any tests or quizzes that they received. The power points that I created are quite extensive and include guided notes and video that go along with them. The students do not write down every word from the presentation and can focus on listening and learning the material from the lecture. If you are a teacher who does not like lecture at all then this probably isn't for you. Additional items that I have posted can be used for notebook check assignments which I usually have whenever I get to the end of a unit.
I created this bundle for a U.S. Government or U.S. Government honors class and it includes the following:
- A 76 slide (711 mb) power point that goes the Judicial Branch of government. It goes into the structure of the court system, how judges are picked and confirmed, jurisdiction, how a case reaches the Supreme Court, and major Supreme court decisions.
- 3 days of guided notes that go along with the presentation. I have included questions at the end of each day of notes that you can have students answer for homework or a notebook check assignment. There is also video in each day of notes so it might not be possible to get through a day in one class period. They include:
- Day 1 - Origins - Article III, jurisdiction, district courts, and appellate courts.
- Day 2 - The Supreme Court, how they choose cases, briefs, writing opinions, judicial activism, and judicial restraint.
- Day 3 - Major Supreme Court Cases - Marbury v. Madison, Scott v. Sandford, Brown v. Board of Ed, Miranda v. Arizona, Gideon v. Wainright, Roe v. Wade, and Obamacare
In addition to the notes you will also get these other items:
- Warm-ups that can be given at the start of class.
- The BIG Cases assignment - This has the students research some of the biggest Supreme Court cases in U.S. history. I usually have the students do this before I do any of the notes with them.
- Judicial Glossary - Students need to research key vocabulary and Supreme Court nominations by President
- Federalist #78 reading and questions - Hamilton breaks down why he believes the Judicial branch is the "least dangerous" branch of government.
Supreme Court Case Project - You can give this as an individual or group project. I have them present in class, but you can do whatever you like. Students need to select a Supreme court case from the list provided and make a poster, video, or website. The students can pick which method they would like to take. If you use in class presentations the unit will last at least a week longer.
- A judicial branch quiz - 5 multiple choice questions, 5 fill-in-the blank, 5 true false, and a short essay question (key included).
That's everything! Thank you very much for considering this product. Cheers!
Please take a look at other bundles that I have created for U.S. Government:
Principles of Government Bundle
Origins of American Government Bundle
The Constitution Bundle
American Political Parties Bundle
The Electoral Process
Voting and Voter Behavior Bundle
Mass Media and Public Opinion Bundle
Interest Groups Bundle
The Legislative Branch Bundle
The Executive Branch Bundle
U.S. Foreign and Military Policy Bundle
Civil Liberties Bundle