(1607 – 1781) Follow the establishment of the “New World” and its development, stretching 170 years as the burgeoning cradle of freedom grew while friction with England developed.
Play time without discussion, approximately 8:38
(1776 – 1788) Relive our fight for freedom, the American Revolution, ratification of our new constitution and the development of checks and balances of the three branches of government.
Play time without discussion, approximately 6:25
(1788 – 1800) George Washington is President. The Bill of Rights is adopted. John Marshall is the champion of the XYZ Affair, elected to Congress and appointed Secretary of State.
Play time without discussion, approximately 7:30
(1800 - 1835) John Marshall raises the judicial branch to be co-equal with the executive and legislative branches by the concept of judicial review and establishes the Constitution as the supreme law of the land.
Play time without discussion, approximately 8:45
(1831 - 1835) The Supreme Court, led by John Marshall, further develops the concepts of equal justice, limited government and the enforcement of legal contracts.
Play time without discussion, approximately 7:12
(1607 - 1835) Watch the journey of America, from Jamestown to the Revolution, from a struggling democracy to a Constitution defined by John Marshall, yielding a government built on the rule of law.
Play time without discussion, approximately 29:00
Justice in the Classroom I The Rule of Law is a discussion of the concept of the Rule of Law and how it is an integral part of our governing systems in America. Through this standards-based curriculum, middle and high school students learn the fundamental political principles that define and shape American constitutional government. Connections are made through activities like interpreting a political cartoon to illustrate that, under the rule of law and the Constitution of the United States, all individuals, including government officials, must follow the law.
Justice in the Classroom | Judicial Systems - Federal and Virginia is a discussion of the Importance of the Federal and Virginia judicial systems and how they function. The program offers a standards-based curriculum for middle and high school students. Lesson plans discuss contemporary cases through primary and secondary source documents which illustrate the structures of both court systems and how they operate in our dual court system. The lessons engage students by encouraging classroom participation through graphic organizers, activities like a gallery walk, primary source documents, web-based media, and pre- and post-assessments, all based upon national standards and Virginia Standards of Learning.
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