ERIC Number: ED449088
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
The Federal Courts in American Government: A Lesson Plan for High School Law-Related Educators To Support "Understanding the Federal Courts."
Administrative Office of the United States Courts, Washington, DC.
Though the framers of the United States Constitution recognized the value of an independent judicial system, they knew that to provide justice the courts must have some accountability to the government. They knew that the system must be transparent to the public. Though the basic framework of checks and balances in the U.S. Constitution clearly gives the executive and legislative branches of government some power over the judiciary, the U.S. Constitution protects judges in their decision-making function. This lesson plan presents a structural framework for students to think about how the judiciary affects government and the public, and how government and the public affect the judiciary. The lesson plan uses excerpts provided from Federalist No. 78, the U.S. Constitution, newspaper articles, and Supreme Court decisions. It provides an overview, educational objectives, links to both civics and social studies standards, materials needed, handouts, step-by-step classroom procedures for teachers, and suggested activities and questions. (BT)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Civil Liberties, Court Litigation, Federal Courts, Federal Government, Government Role, High Schools, Law Related Education, Social Studies, United States Government (Course)
Administrative Office of the United States Courts, 1 Columbus Circle, NE, Washington, DC 20544; For full text: http://www.uscourts.gov/outreach/index.html.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Administrative Office of the United States Courts, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: United States Constitution