1. Court Systems and Practices

    • Grade Range: 9, 10, 11, 12, Postsecondary
    Court Systems and Practices is an overview of the federal and state court systems. The course identifies the roles of judicial officers and the trial processes from pretrial to sentencing and examines the types and rules of evidence. Emphasis is placed on constitutional laws for criminal...
  2. Lesson Plan: Court Systems and Practices - The Bill of Rights

    • Resource ID: 13403
    • Grade Range: 10, 11, 12
    In this lesson, students will understand the past and present battles in our courts that continually test the strength and longevity of our Bill of Rights.
  3. Lesson Plan: The Impact of Public Opinion and the Legislature on the Court System

    • Resource ID: 13406
    • Grade Range: 10, 11, 12
    In this lesson, students learn to Identify factors that influence the court system and describe real life cases that have been affected by these factors.
  4. Lesson Plan: Courtroom Rules and Responsibilities

    • Resource ID: 13418
    • Grade Range: 10, 11, 12
    In this lesson, students will discuss the roles of individuals in the courtroom, common courtroom terms, and rules of the courtroom. Students will also participate in a short mock trial to practice their skills.
  5. Lesson Plan: Court Systems and Practices - Impact of the 8th Amendment

    • Resource ID: 13430
    • Grade Range: 10, 11, 12
    In this lesson, students will explore the 8th Amendment and describe policies the lawmakers must follow. In groups, students will be given a project that will allow them to compare punishment in the United States to other countries.
  6. Lesson Plan: Court Systems and Practices - Criminal Procedure

    • Resource ID: 13438
    • Grade Range: 10, 11, 12
    In this lesson, students will study the guidelines that impact the pretrial, trial, adjudication, and appeal processes, and understand the delicate relationships that impact these steps.
  7. Lesson Plan: The Pre-Trial Process, the Grand Jury, and the Bail Process

    • Resource ID: 13441
    • Grade Range: 10, 11, 12
    In this lesson, students will outline the Pre-Trial Process, describe the importance of the Grand Jury, and discuss the bail process.
  8. Lesson Plan: Rules of Discovery and Privileged Communications

    • Resource ID: 13444
    • Grade Range: 10, 11, 12
    In this lesson, students will discuss the rules of discovery and privileged communication. Students will complete a case study activity in which they will apply the rules of discovery and privileged communication.
  9. Lesson Plan: Motions and Challenges to Evidence

    • Resource ID: 13447
    • Grade Range: 10, 11, 12
    In this lesson, students will learn about the motions and objections that may be utilized by an attorney. Students will have the opportunity to write scenarios for the various objections, and will play a game to assist them in learning the motions.
  10. Lesson Plan: Court Systems & Practices - Plea Bargaining

    • Resource ID: 13451
    • Grade Range: 10, 11, 12
    In the lesson, students will explore the process of plea bargaining through group projects and role play activities. 
  11. Lesson Plan: Court Systems and Practices - Trial Evidence and the Burden of Proof

    • Resource ID: 13453
    • Grade Range: 10, 11, 12
    In this lesson, students will apply their understanding of the burden of proof in a criminal trial, and will apply their understanding of the types of evidence used in criminal trials.
  12. Lesson Plan: Sentencing and Punishment

    • Resource ID: 13461
    • Grade Range: 10, 11, 12
    This lesson explores defendant's rights and describes pre sentencing and probation practices. Students will have the opportunity to construct reports and interact with other students through role playing scenarios.  
  13. Lesson Plan: Appeal and Post Conviction Review

    • Resource ID: 13464
    • Grade Range: 10, 11, 12
    In this lesson, students learn about Appeal and Post conviction Review. Students also explore case studies of past appeals to take on the role of a defense attorney for their case.
  14. Lesson Plan: Criminal Justice System and the Courts

    • Resource ID: 13398
    • Grade Range: 10, 11, 12
    In this lesson, students trace the history of state and federal court systems and identify state and federal court systems.
  15. Lesson Plan: Entry Into the System - the Arrest

    • Resource ID: 13433
    • Grade Range: 10, 11, 12
    In this lesson, students will apply their understanding of the duties and responsibilities of law enforcement during arrests of suspects as required by established criminal procedure and case law. Students will participate in an activity in which they will assume the roles of "lawyers" and "clients...
  16. Lesson Plan: Court Systems and Practices - Mock Trials

    • Resource ID: 13455
    • Grade Range: 10, 11, 12
    In this lesson, students will demonstrate an understanding of the trial process by stepping into one of the roles in a mock trial.
  17. Lesson Plan: Purposes of Law

    • Resource ID: 13412
    • Grade Range: 10, 11, 12
    This lesson provides the opportunity for students to examine the structure of the legal system in the United States.
  18. Lesson Plan: Court Systems and Practices - Effective Verbal Communication

    • Resource ID: 13424
    • Grade Range: 10, 11, 12
    In this lesson, students will demonstrate communication skills required to evaluate body language such as gestures, verbal tone, and inflection during testimony needed for courtroom policies and procedures.
  19. Lesson Plan: Due Process

    • Resource ID: 13458
    • Grade Range: 10, 11, 12
    In this lesson students learn the structure and provisions of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights and how they impact the criminal trial process.