Where We Fit In: The Judicial Branch

An interesting resource addresses the role of youth in civic participation and community events. It also explains the role of the justice system in creating boundaries and how citizens play a part in the judicial process.  Pupils listen to a guest speaker, watch a video, participate in group discussion, and create an original drawing to represent what they have learned. 

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Instructional Ideas
  • Have learners write a short paragraph that explains their drawing
  • Urge scholars to paint their artwork once the drawing is completed
Classroom Considerations
  • Second installment of a three-part series 
  • Expects teachers to arrange for a local guest speaker 
Pros
  • The lesson provides an opportunity for community participation
  • Interdisciplinary resource combines art and social studies objectives 
Cons
  • None