Middle School

Lesson Plans

Justice in the Classroom | Judicial Systems

Judicial Systems:
Criminal & Civil Cases


Justice in the Classroom | Judicial Systems - Federal and Virginia | Criminal & Civil Cases is a lesson that offers a standards-based curriculum for middle school students to have a better understanding of the differences between criminal and civil cases by exposing them to important vocabulary and having them work in groups to learn the procedures for criminal and civil cases. Once students have a better understanding of the procedures, they complete a webquest to learn about specific laws and rights that apply to them.

Middle School: 2015 Standards

CE.9c The student will apply social science skills to understand the judicial systems established by the Constitution of Virginia and the Constitution of the United States by comparing and contrasting civil and criminal cases
NSS-C.9-12.3 Principles of Democracy

Judicial Systems - Criminal & Civil Cases - Lesson Plans

Civil and Criminal Case Vocabulary
Need-to-Know Words for Criminal & Civil Cases (Student Handout)
Criminal & Civil Cases Vocabulary Review (Student Handout)
Criminal & Civil Cases Vocabulary Review (Teacher Key)
Virginia Rules Webquest
Virginia RULES Webquest (Student Handout)
Virginia RULES Webquest (Teacher Key)
Procedures for Cases
Procedure for Criminal Cases Cut Ups (Student Handout)
Procedure for Civil Cases Cut Ups (Student Handout)
Brainstorming Template (Student Handout)
Differences Between Criminal & Civil Cases and Procedures (Student Handout)

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