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Law & Public Policy Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary
Utilize this chapter of law and public policy lesson plans for inspiration and practices you can use in your own classroom to teach these topics. You'll find lesson plans on civil and criminal law, abortion law, tort law, treaties and public policy. These plans include ideas to interest your students in these social studies topics.
How It Helps
- Eases stress: If you're unsure how to properly teach and present law and public policy to your students, these lesson plans take the worry out of curriculum planning by giving you suggestions to use in your classroom.
- Covers a variety of topics: You'll find several different topics relating to public policy and the law here, giving you multiple subjects to teach on from one concise chapter.
- Provides inspiration: Use these lesson plans on law and public policy to craft other resources to use to interest your students, including discussion questions, essay prompts, homework assignments and much more.
How It Works
This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan resources with relevant tools to make planning law and public policy lessons easy.
- Use lesson plan outlines for the public policy and law topics you want to cover in class.
- Formulate your social studies class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
- Share the related lessons about law and public policy with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
- Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important concepts about public policy and law from the lessons.
- Engage your students with relevant law-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.
1. Civil vs. Criminal Law Lesson Plan
Teachers may use this lesson plan to teach students the differences between criminal law and civil law. Students will use content-specific language when summarizing the cause, parties, burden of proof, and remedies for both types of cases.
2. Abortion Law Lesson Plan
Abortion law can be a divisive issue in America. This lesson plan explores abortion law using an informative video lesson. An activity gives students the chance to analyze abortion laws from state to state.
3. Tort Law Lesson Plan
This lesson plan presents the concept of tort law to students. After class discussion on the three types of torts, students will act out tort scenarios and defend their identification of the type and elements of each tort.
4. Public Policy Lesson Plan
In this lesson plan, students will learn about public policy. Students will read an informational text about public policy, discuss it with their peers, and write a real letter to a congressperson about a public policy that they would like to change.
5. Treaties Lesson Plan
Use this lesson plan to teach your students what treaties are and how they're used. Students will watch an educational video explaining these concepts, discuss content through active learning modules, and take a quiz.
6. Treaties and the Law: Definition & Examples
A treaty is an express agreement entered into by official representatives from two or more independent governments. Treaties are law. This lesson explains what a treaty is and how treaties are used.
7. Tinker v. Des Moines Lesson Plan
This lesson plan provides teachers with ideas about how to teach students about the Supreme Court ruling in Tinker v. Des Moines. Students will discover how the ruling impacts free speech today.
8. Rule of Law Lesson Plan
This lesson plan provides teachers with activities for teaching students about the rule of law. Students will watch a video lesson and examine case studies related to the rule of law.
9. Search and Seizure Lesson Plan
The rules of search and seizure, as described in the Fourth Amendment, are important for students to understand. In this lesson plan, students will learn these rules and create skits to demonstrate understanding.
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