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Justice in the Classroom | The Rule of Law

The Rule of Law:
Principles of ​The​ Rule of Law

Justice in the Classroom | The Rule of Law | Principles of the Rule of Law 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, middle 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, are subject to and must follow the law.

Middle School: 2015 Standards

CE.2a Fundamental political principles define and shape American constitutional government. Rule of Law: Everyone, including government officials, must follow the law.
CE.3 Duties of citizens: obey the laws
CE.4d Practicing respect for the law
GOVT.2b Early document supporting the idea that men have rights and establishing the concept of rule of law (English Petition of Right)
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
NSS-C.5-8.1, C.9-12.1 Revolution & the New Nation (1754-1820s)
NSS-C.5-8.3, C.9-12.1 Foundations of the Political System
NSS-C.5-8.3, C.9-12.1 Principles of Democracy

The Rule of Law - Middle School Lesson Plans

The Rule Of Law - Lesson Plan Instructional Video

Justice In the Classroom: Instructional Video

The Rule of Law

Learning why playing by the “rules” rules!

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Center for Teaching the Rule of Law and its innovative Rule of Law Project are a web-based resource and training center for teaching the rule of law on a global scale. Visit CTROL Website

This provided new knowledge I was not familiar with. There are activities that can be adapted to other curriculum. The resources provided are wonderful and can be adapted as well.