Students explore the distinctions between the federal and state judicial systems. Hypothetical litigants Freddy Federal and State Court Sam (two fish friends hailing from Hawaii) help students understand that our country has two separate legal systems and what the differences are between them. Students learn the basic structure of each system and how each one operates.
Note: this lesson includes a PowerPoint presentation (see Lesson Prep below).
The student will…
DISTRIBUTE one “Judicial Deep Dive” word scramble to each student (the word scramble is a tool to help keep the class focused as you move throught the PowerPoint lesson; frequent mini-quizzes in the presentation also serve this purpose).
TELL students not to try to unscramble the words now. Explain that they will be unscrambling the words one by one as you go through the lesson. When it is time to unscramble a word, you will ask them a question, and the word will be the answer.
WORK THROUGH the PowerPoint presentation slide by slide. Some slides contain information for you to read and discuss with the class. Other slides contain questions for the class to answer. Question slides are always followed by answer slides, except where it asks about your own state (there’s only one of these).
WATCH for slides that tell you when it’s time to unscramble one of the words. When you see that message, ask the word scramble question and have the class unscramble the next word.
CONTINUE through the presentation, pausing to unscramble words.
LET students figure out the hidden message after you have done the final review questions on the power point presentation.
CLOSE by asking why they think the hidden message is “ice cream sundae.” They should make a connection between the message and the joke about the circuit court split (yeah, we know it’s not that funny, but hey—we’re talking about the judicial system!).