Judges: Playing Fair

Lesson Plan

This mini-lesson takes a look at the role of fair and impartial courts in American life. Students learn about how judges are selected and held accountable. It also looks at how judges focus on the facts in order to keep things fair. This resource is accompanied by a short video from the Informed Voters Project.  

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Students will be able to...

  • Explain how the judicial branch is different from the executive and legislative branches
  • Describe how federal and state judges are selected and held accountable
  • Determine how their state selects judges
  • Describe the challenge of remaining fair and impartial as a judge