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Justice in the Classroom | The Rule of Law

The Rule of Law: Impeachment

U.S. GOV'T

Justice in the Classroom | The Rule of Law | Impeachment is a lesson on 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, high school students learn the fundamental political principles of checks and balances and the rule of law. Working in groups to examine primary and secondary sources about impeachment of the president, students create presentations to teach the class about the facts and principles of impeachment they have discovered. Finally, they apply their knowledge to the current real-world issue through a mock impeachment scenario.

High School: 2015 Standards

Virginia
GOVT.4c Fundamental principles of the Constitution: Rule of Law. The Constitution of the United States is supreme, and all individuals are accountable under the law.
GOVT.7b Analyzing the relationships among the three branches in a system of checks and balances and separation of powers;
Checks of the legislative branch
- Over the executive branch: To impeach and convict a president
- Over the judicial branch: To impeach and convict judges/justices
National
NSS-C.5-8.3, C.9-12.1 Principles of Democracy

The Rule of Law - Impeachment - High School

Very detailed explanation of the state judicial branch. Made it easy to understand how judges are elected in the state.