Need to teach the judicial branch in a hurry? In this lesson, students learn the basics of our judicial system, including the functions of the trial court, the Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court. Students learn how a case moves up through these levels and discover that these courts exist on both the state and federal levels.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to…

  • Identify the basic levels and functions of the judicial branch.
  • Compare the three levels of the United States court system.
  • Demonstrate the progress of a case as it moves through the system.