Lesson Plan

Students learn about the rule of law and how it protects individual rights and freedoms. By performing short, scripted skits that illustrate what life might be like without the rule of law, students identify six factors that make up the rule of law and analyze how each factor affects daily life. Students then make connections between the rule of law and America’s founding documents and think about the relationship between the rule of law factors.

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Students will be able to...
  • Define the rule of law.
  • Explain how the rule of law protects individual rights and preserves the common good.
  • Recognize the influence of the rule of law on the development of the American legal, political, and governmental systems.
  • Analyze the necessity of establishing and enforcing the rule of law.
  • Examine how the rule of law affects everyday life.
  • Identify the effect of Marbury v. Madison and its relationship to the rule of law.