What is the Judicial Branch?

This lesson exposes students to the judicial branch and the power of judicial review. They will read about an actual Supreme Court case, Torcaso v. Watkins, to see how the judicial branch used its power of judicial review to strike down an unconstitutional state law.

  • Resource Type: Lesson Plans, Modules (Teaching Unit)
  • Subject: Judicial Branch/Supreme Court
  • Grades: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Just the Facts: The Judicial Branch and the Law

This lesson presents facts about Article III of the Constitution and the federal courts, as well as information about Supreme Court interpretations related to some of the rights guaranteed in the Bill of Rights. The lesson, which can be used to introduce or review information about the judicial branch, allows students to become teachers of their peers. Be sure to give students some time to understand their facts and consider the best way to teach them.

  • Resource Type: Lesson Plans, Modules (Teaching Unit)
  • Subject: Judicial Branch/Supreme Court
  • Grades: 5, 6, 7, 8