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Since 1958, the U.S. President has annually recognized Law Day, and in 1961, Congress passed a joint resolution designating May 1 as the national day set aside to celebrate the rule of law. Below you will find resources for teaching and learning about the 2020 theme: “Your Vote, Your Voice, Our Democracy: The 19th Amendment at 100.” These resources are all designed with at-home-learning in mind.
Visit our Law Day Lesson Plans page HERE for the 2020 resources.
Landmark Cases Podcasts
- U.S. Courts Landmark Cases podcast series (approx. 3 minutes each)
- C-Span Landmark Cases podcast series (34-40 minutes each, scroll down to “Landmark Cases”)
Podcast Listening Activity
- Suggested Civics, Government, and Law Podcasts:
- We the People and Live @ America’s Town Hall – The National Constitution Center
- More Perfect, Season 1 – WNYC Radio
- Civics 101 – NHPR Radio
- Is it Legal To…? – The Missouri Bar
- 60-Second Civics Podcast and Daily Civics Quiz – Center for Civic Education
- Podcast-Based Lesson Plan, Framers of the Constitution – Center for Civic Education
Create a Podcast Lesson Plan
For each of the topics, there is a U.S. Courts video featuring federal judges and other court officials from around the country. Each video has a corresponding student activity sheet.
Separation of Powers
Rule of Law
Right to Counsel
Careers in the Judicial Branch
ONLINE LEARNING MODULES
For each of the topics, there is an online learning module. Each smaller section within a topic module ends with an online quiz. There are pre- and post- tests for each module. There is also an optional student sheet for each (click on webquest) to follow along with the quizzes.
The Role of the Federal Courts
Organization of the Federal Courts
How Courts Work
Some of our lesson plans can easily be adapted for students working at home.
- Rule of Law WebQuest
- Article III WebQuest
- Separation of Powers/Qualifications of Office
- Qualifications of Judges
- Judicial Independence, What’s Wrong With This Court?
- Understanding the Types of Cases
- Trial by Jury
- Street Law – Materials for At-Home Learning
- Street Law – Webinars for Teachers
- The Missouri Bar – Resource Center for Learning About Government
- U.S. Courts – Online Tools Make Civics Accessible to Teachers, Parents, and Teens
- U.S. Courts – YouTube Playlist for Students and Teachers
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana – Educational Resources Page
- For high school students – The National Constitution Center’s Interactive Constitution
- For elementary and middle school students – iCivics Educational Games