The Adams Center

Lesson Plans

Justice System Education Lesson Plans

The teaching professionals who took part in the institute created lesson plans that were incorporated into their classes during the academic year. Examples of the exemplary work that was done are the following lesson plans, which visitors to this site may download and use in their own classrooms and share with other teaching professionals:

A Job for Life: A Simulation of the Appointment of a Supreme Court Justice
by Don Imler and Michael Rawlins, Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania School District

2000 United States Census Law Lesson Plan
by Edward Fitzgerald, Bellefonte, Pennsylvania School District

U.S. Patent Law Lesson Plan
by James Jackson, Brockway, Pennsylvania School District and
Darlene Grilliot, Unionville-Chaddsford, Pennsylvania School District

The Constitution on Trial: A Lesson Plan for Constitution Day
by Nancy Peterson, Gilbert, Iowa School District

Pennsylvania Constitutional Rights vs National Constitutional Rights 
by Edward Fitzgerald and Zack Wynkoop, Bellefonte, Pennsylvania School District

The Pennsylvania Court System
by Kristin Davis, West Perry, Pennsylvania School District

Appeals Process
by Edward Fitzgerald and Zack Wynkoop, Bellefonte, Pennsylvania School District

The Makings of an Effective US Supreme Court Justice and Effective US Supreme Court Ruling
by Edward Fitzgerald, Bellefonte, Pennsylvania School District

Manor Court Systems
by James Angle, Daniel Boone, Pennsylvania School District

The Political Question Doctrine and Rule of 4 Decision-making
by Kenneth Bright, Conrad-Weiser, Pennsylvania School District

Is the Judiciary Branch of American Government an Independent Institution?
by Jodi Ferrio, Parkland, Pennsylvania School District

Privy Councils vs US Supreme Court
by Edward Fitzgerald, Bellefonte, Pennsylvania School District

The summer institute was led by Nancy Peterson, a public school educator who teaches in the Gilbert, Iowa School District. The Foundation for the Advancement of an Independent Judiciary and the Rule of Law provided the Adams Center with financial support to engage Ms. Peterson to create a lesson plan geared to Constitution Day, Sept. 17. Even so, this lesson would be a wonderful experience to expose students to at any time within the school year.

Please note that the lesson plans offered to teaching professionals by the Adams Center for Law and Society were prepared with the Pennsylvania standards in mind, but may be used in any jurisdiction in the United States.




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