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Activity Overview

In order to understand how the Judicial System works, it's important for students to understand the different roles and how they contribute to the system. In this activity, students will create a spider map that represents the numerous individuals of the Judicial Branch. Students are required to select at least four roles of the Judicial System from the list below, represent each individual, and include a written description for each specific individual.>

Members of the Judicial Branch:

  • Juror
  • Judge
  • Plaintiff
  • Defendant
  • Bailiff
  • Stenographer
  • Supreme Court Justice
  • Attorney
  • Court Reporter
  • Court Translator
  • Witness
  • Prosecutor

Extended Activity

Students should research a specific individual from the activity above. Students can select an individual who has made a historical impact on their specific role and make a storyboard that represents who the person was and what actions they performed to impact the Judicial Branch.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 6-12

Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)

Type of Assignment Individual or Partner

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a spider map that represents at least four members of the Judicial System.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Write the name of the role in the title boxes.
  3. In the descriptions, write a summary of what the role does.
  4. Create an illustration for each using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
  5. Save and submit your storyboard.

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