Middle School

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Justice in the Classroom | Judicial Systems

Judicial Systems:
Federal & Virginia Courts


Justice in the Classroom | Judicial Systems - Federal and Virginia | Federal and Virginia Courts is a lesson on the importance of the federal and Virginia judicial systems and how they function through a standards-based curriculum for middle school students. The lesson teaches contemporary cases through primary and secondary source documents that illustrate the structures of both the Virginia and federal court systems and how they operate in our dual court system. It also encourages classroom participation through graphic organizers, a gallery walk, use of primary source documents, web-based media, and creative pre- and post-assessments.

Middle School: 2015 Standards

CE.7a Structure and Powers of the State Government (Virginia)
CE.8a Structure and Powers of the Local Government
CE.9a Organization of the United States Judicial System as Consisting of State and Federal Courts with Original and Appellate Jurisdiction
CE.9c Civil and Criminal Cases

Judicial Systems - Lesson Plans

Federal and Virginia Courts
The Judicial Branch: Federal Courts (Student Handout)
Levels of Virginia Courts (Student Handout)
Federal Judicial System (Student Handout)
Gallery Images
The Ball is in Your Court: Ready to Review?
Student Handout
Loving v. Virginia
Student Handout
Loving v. Virginia United States Case Law (Resource)

Judicial Systems - Lesson Plan Instructional Video

Justice In the Classroom: Instructional Video

Judicial Systems

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I like that the lessons are divided into middle and high school and can be used or modified for either one. The curriculum framework is fantastic and engaging!