Other Useful Resources
Federal Judicial Center: The research and education agency of the judicial branch of the U.S. government.
Discusses the Judicial Branch and its work.
A comprehensive overview of the Federal Court system, including discussions of the differences between civil and criminal cases, between state and federal cases, what happens during a trial, and what happens after a verdict or guilty plea. Downloadable .pdf document.
Presented by the Federal Judicial Center, the education and research agency for the federal courts, resources include materials and activities for teaching judicial history (e.g., the Amistad trial, the trial of Susan B. Anthony, decisions on Chinese exclusion, Labor and Union rights, school desegregation); biographies of federal judges; information on federal court history and administration; talking points on judicial independence, the constitutional origins of the federal judiciary and more.
With Uncle Sam as your guide, learn about the foundation of the American federal government and how its actions affect you. Interactive, engaging activities are designed for students in fourth grade through high school, as well as any interested citizen.
Scanned images of and information about 100 of our country’s most important historical documents, including the Emancipation Proclamation, the Declaration of Independence, the Civil Rights Act, and the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, giving women the right to vote. Images can be downloaded as .pdf documents. Tools for Educators helps teachers use these documents to meet learning standards, and offers creative teaching ideas and suggestions of how to integrate these documents into classroom curriculum.
A guide to how the United States government works for students, teachers and parents. Includes such topics such as Becoming a U.S. Citizen, How Laws are Made, Branches of Government, and the Election Process. Subject areas are divided by grade range, but the graphics cater to elementary students.
Brief overview of the history, design process and the meaning of the Great Seal’s symbols and mottoes.
Official website of the U.S. Marshals Service, offering fact sheets, historical information and more.
Provides the mission statement and history of the United States Attorneys as well as a list of the current United States Attorneys and recent headlines for each judicial District.
Official site of the Federal Defender’s Office. This site is not geared toward students, but offers a great deal of information about the duties of the Federal Defender.
Find government information on education including primary, secondary, and higher education.
The Youth Leadership Initiative at the University of Virginia Center for Politics is dedicated to increasing civic engagement by providing teachers with the best civics education materials and programs. Research shows that quality civics education programs are essential to creating lifelong citizenship and YLI programs empower students to take responsibility for our democracy.