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Social Studies (2010) Grade(s): 7 - 7th Grade: Civics


Explain the importance of juvenile, adult, civil, and criminal laws within the judicial system of the United States.

Unpacked Content


Students know:
  • The similarities and differences between civil and criminal law.
  • The structure of the juvenile court system.
  • The rights and freedoms guaranteed in the Bill of Rights.


Students are able to:
  • Use primary source documents to justify the actions of courts.


Students understand that:
  • Laws are different for adults and juveniles and that there are separate civil and criminal laws and courts.


  • juvenile
  • civil law
  • criminal law
  • rights
  • Bill of Rights
  • rule of law
  • state
  • federal
  • local
  • court
  • offense
  • felony
  • misdemeanor
  • jail
  • prison
  • juvenile detention center