Judicial Review Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has an Masters of Science in Mathematics and a Masters in Education

Use this active lesson plan to teach your students about judicial review. Students will watch a video lesson outlining the process and history of judicial review, then apply learning to a specific case in an engaging activity.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'judicial review' and explain its process
  • outline the history of judicial review


  • 2 hours


  • Copies of the quiz, one for each student
  • Access to the internet

Key Vocabulary

  • Judicial review
  • Supreme Court
  • Constitution
  • Marbury v. Madison
  • James Madison
  • William Marbury
  • John Marshall
  • Judiciary Act of 1789
  • Article III, Section I
  • Original Jurisdiction
  • Dred Scott v. Sanford
  • Fourteenth Amendment
  • Civil Rights Acts
  • Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.3

Identify key steps in a text's description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered).

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.7.1

Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 7 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.


  • Create a chart on the board or poster paper titled 'Judicial Review' with three columns labeled 'Definition of Judicial Review,' 'History of Judicial Review,' and 'Process of Judicial Review.'
  • Preview vocabulary for the lesson and allow students to share prior knowledge of the judicial review.
  • Start the lesson What is a Judicial Review? - Procedure & Definition, instructing students to take notes as the lesson plays in the appropriate column.
  • Pause at 00:30 and define terms, then ask:
    • When can the court nullify an action?
    • Of what process is judicial review an essential part? Why?
  • Restart the lesson and pause again at 2:40. Ask:
    • What was the significance of the Marbury v. Madison case?
    • Why did the court declare the Judiciary Act of 1789 illegal?
  • Resume the lesson and pause at 4:19. Discuss:
    • Why is the Constitution vague about the powers of the Supreme Court?
    • What is original jurisdiction?
    • What role does appellate jurisdiction play in judicial review?
    • What does it mean that when exercising the power of judicial review the court is expected to act with judicial restraint?
  • Restart the lesson and pause at 5:30. Discuss the importance of these historical examples.
  • Play the remainder of the lesson and take the lesson quiz with students to check understanding.

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