Date: December 8, 1997
Objectives: The students will
I. outline the structure of the Federal and state courts.
II. differentiate between appellate jurisdiction, original jurisdiction, civil, and criminal law.
III. be able to follow a typical case through the state and federal court systems;
IV. identify key Supreme Court cases and state their importance.
Warm Up Activity (Anticipatory Set): Vocabulary Review
A) Display a set of matching terms from the students' vocabulary list on the overhead. A set is provided below.
B) Have students complete the matching exercise on their own papers.
C) Instruct students to exchange papers and correct papers orally. Review
terms aloud, have students enter scores, and return to the owners. Collect
for a grade.
Judicial Branch Matching:
If you are using Government in America, Chapter 17 discusses
the Judicial Branch. The key terms of Section One
3) Civil case
4) Criminal case
5) Original Jurisdiction
6) Appellate Jurisdiction
9) US District Court
10) Maryland Court of Appeals
|A) This court hears cases before they reach the Supreme Court.
B) This court had original jurisdiction in all federal cases.
C) The quality of not violating the ideals and restrictions set out by the nation's written plan of government.
D) The process of deciding the meaning of law. Explaining the law and making decisions based on that explanation.
E) The authority of a court to hear a case coming up from the lower courts.
F) The authority of a court to be the first to hear a case.
G) Any court action that tries to determine if a crime has been committed.
H) Any court action that attempts to settle a dispute or correct a wrong between two parties.
I) Any crime that carries a sentence of one year or less.
J) Any crime that carries a sentence of over one year or more.
Matching exercises have also been set up according to chapter sections from American Civics:
Chapter 7 Section 1
Chapter 7 Section 2
Chapter 7 Section 3
Main Activity (Instructional Input): Chapter Review on the Judicial Branch
Vocabulary Terms: Section 3 Government In America
For periods 2, 5, and 6
A) Have students take out worksheet assigned to them on Chapter 17 in Government in America.
B) Review worksheets orally.
For periods 3 and 7:
A) Distribute worksheet for Chapter 7.
B) have students complete part 1 # 1-10 on their own papers. Review and discuss orally.
Examples (Modeling): Examining Supreme Court Cases
C) Upon completion, distribute the Scholastic Update Magazine of November 3, 1997.
D) Assign students the following articles to read and discuss:
1) "A case of Black and White: Affirmative Action" on pp 2-5.
2) "Freedom of speech in Cyberspace" pp. 10-12
E) Have the students break into groups of four and have them complete the chart below on their own paper.
If the Scholastic Magazine is not available, have students use the links to the court cases provided below.
Case 1: Piscataway
(News summary from ACLU)
Case 2: ACLU
vs. Janet Reno
( Supreme Court Decision From Findlaw)
Other important cases can be added.
Check For Understanding:
F) Once students have completed the chart, allow each group to present
their findings in one of the areas. Student groups should present both
sides of the case. Have the class vote on the issues and compare with the
Homework (Independent Practice): Have students complete the assignment above for homework if needed.
Wrap-Up Activity (Closure): Discussion:
A) Have students choose one of the following questions and answer in a paragraph or more written format.
1) Does the Supreme Court have too much or two little power? Explain?
2) Which Supreme Court decision do you believe has had the greatest impact on American life? State your reasons.
3) What do you think is the most important issue facing the Supreme Court today? List your reasons.
Evaluation: The lesson will be evaluated by:
I. the accuracy of student's written responses;
II. student's scores on future tests and quizzes.
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