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Featured Resources


The Judiciary


Claim your jurisdiction
Lesson plan allows students to “claim” powers, and understand the separation of powers within the American government.

Federal Judiciary Act
Our Documents site from the National Archives allows students to examine the Federal Judiciary Act as a primary source, or teachers to download high-resolution copies for use in class.

History of the Federal Judiciary
The Federal Judicial Center offers timelines, case studies of landmark trials, and lesson plans for teaching and learning about the federal judiciary.

History of the Supreme Court
This documentary from WGBH in Boston comes complete with video clips, images, and lesson plans for teaching about the Supreme Court. If this is not enough, hop over to another PBS lesson plan on the Court.

Street Law
Lesson plans for teaching about the Supreme Court, from Street Law, Inc. This site includes everything from teaching about granting cert to holding moot courts.

Supreme Court: The Judicial Power of the United States 
Lesson plan from the National Endowment for the Humanities starts with a portrait of Chief Justice John Roberts, then leads into guiding questions and an entire lesson on the role of the Supreme Court.

U.S. Courts
The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts offers articles, videos, photos, lessons, and other general information about all aspects of the federal judiciary.

Virtual Tour of Supreme Court 
C-SPAN offers a virtual tour of the Supreme Court building for students who might not be there to see it in person. If this tour doesn’t strike your fancy, Oyez, a project of the Chicago-Kent College of Law, offers another.

Whats for Lunch?
Simulation from iCivics that explores separation of powers. While you are there, be sure to check out the other games for students.

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