and the Courts
- PDF Workbook
The Connecticut Judicial Branch, in collaboration with the Justice
Education Center, Inc. and the Connecticut Judges’ Association, has
developed Connecticut Courts: An Interactive Curriculum in Three Segments
for High School Students, which provides high school students with a
thorough understanding of the rule of law, the role of the courts and the
structure and function of the Judicial Branch.
The goal of the curriculum was to provide teachers with a resource to assist them in educating high
school students about the role and function of the Judicial Branch and how
it interrelates with the other two branches of government. The curriculum
was developed to be easily incorporated into high school government or
United States history classes in seven, 40-minute segments or three
90-minute blocks, with the option of unlimited expansion or exploration. The
curriculum fulfills critical components of the Connecticut State Social
Studies Curriculum framework.
Connecticut Courts was not designed to
deliver traditional lectures and elicit simple responses to traditional
questions; special care was taken to ensure that the work would be
intellectually stimulating, but also engaging for students. The curriculum
includes a variety of innovative classroom activities and provides two
videos for classroom use.
The Curriculum is available in PDF format. It has been divided into eleven
sections for easier downloading: