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September 09, 2019

What is the Judicial Branch?

Grade Level:



This lesson exposes students to the judicial branch and the power of judicial review. They will read about an actual Supreme Court case, Torcaso v. Watkins, to see how the judicial branch used its power of judicial review to strike down an unconstitutional state law.


Time needed:

45-60 minutes


Materials required:

What is the Judicial Branch? Lesson Plan


National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies, National Council for the Social Studies:

Theme 5: Individuals, Groups, and Institutions

Theme 6: Power, Authority, and Governance

Theme 10: Civic Ideals and Practices