Judicial Branch Activities for Middle School

Instructor: Elisha Madison

Elisha is a writer, editor, and aspiring novelist. She has a Master's degree in Ancient Celtic History & Mythology and another Masters in Museum Studies.

In this lesson we will focus on activities for teaching middle school students about the judicial branch of government. These activities are designed to help students become more engaged and interested in the court system.

The Judicial Branch

The judicial branch of government is tasked with interpreting laws, and this branch encompasses district courts, appellate courts, and the Supreme Court. The following activities were created to help students learn about the judicial branch and how it works.

Try Your Favorite Character

A good way to get students excited about a trial is to make instruction relatable to something they are interested in. Have your students shout out different movies they like. Then go with one you know has a character who should be put on trial, for example, Voldemort from Harry Potter. Voldemort could be tried for the murder of Harry Potter's parents.

Have students try the case. Have half of the class think of ways to defend Voldemort, and the other half think up evidence and information to convict him. After each side has stated its information, the class should issue a verdict. This is a fun example to show students the process of the court and how some cases might result in questionable verdicts.

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