What are the differences between state and federal courts? Why do we have both?
This collection of materials was created through a partnership between the Judicial Learning Center in St. Louis, the Civic Education Committee of the Supreme Court of Missouri, and the Department of Citizenship Education of the Missouri Bar.
The video and supporting materials are appropriate for middle and high school students. A review of the three branches of government and the concept of federalism is recommended but not required.
Materials for Download:
- Video transcript and table of contents
- Missouri Learning Standards
- Vocabulary list
- Powerpoint slides used in the video
- Pre/Post test
- Activity: Student Video Guide
- Activity: Vocabulary Review
- Activity: Matching Case Scenarios
- Activity: Write a Letter
- Activity: Current Events Search
Links of Interest:
- Learn more about state and federal courts from the Judicial Learning Center
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
- Civic Education Resources from the Supreme Court of Missouri
- Citizenship Education Resources from The Missouri Bar
Schedule a LIVE judge chat for your class
Part two of this activity includes scheduling a state or federal judge to speak with your class. The judge will lead a follow up activity and discussion using additional scenarios. To schedule your online session –
For questions about using these materials, please contact Info@JudicialLearningCenter.org