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Judical Branch Lesson Plans


The Judicial Branch is just one of three branches of government in the United States, and exists to judge the laws created and enforced by the other two branches. With the activities in this lesson plan, students will develop a strong understanding for the purpose and responsibilities of the Judicial Branch of the United States Government.

Student Activities for Judicial Branch



The Judicial Branch

When the Founding Fathers established the American government, they made a system of checks and balances so no one part of the government would have too much power. There are three branches of government: the Legislative Branch, the Executive Branch, and the Judicial Branch. The Legislative Branch was intended to make laws, the Executive Branch to enforce laws, and the Judicial Branch to judge laws.

In the study of American government, it is essential to have an understanding of the American judicial system. Independent from the other branches of government, the value of the Judicial Branch is immeasurable to the preservation of American democracy. From the rich legacy of the Supreme Court, to the daily conflicts in local courts, the judiciary plays a vital role in the protection and safety of all American citizens.


Essential Questions for the Judicial Branch

  1. What is the responsibility of the Judicial Branch?
  2. How is the court system organized?
  3. How does the Judicial Branch ensure democratic values?

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