Middle School Resources

Lesson Plans

Middle School

Use the links below to find lesson plans, content standards, and much more!

We invite you to use these lessons, developed by California K-12 teachers. The teachers participated in a five day professional development institute focused on civic education and the courts.  Co -sponsored by the Administrative Office of the Courts and Cal State San Marcos, participants created and field tested engaging civics lessons that meet California History-Social Science Content Standards and Common Core State Standards.

Middle School (6-8)

Court Related Lessons:

Other Civics Lessons:

Key California Civic Related Content Standards at each grade level

California Civic Education Scope and Sequence

Comprehensive civic related content standards, including national content standards, at each grade level with sample classroom applications and sample resources

Literature Recommendations

Mock Trials 

Free scripted mock trials for elementary students, created by Judge Joan Weber, Superior Court of San Diego County and staff at the Superior Court of Contra Costa County.


  • Picturing America – Free high quality images of important works of art connected to themes such as democracy and equality.
  • Cartoons – Free images of student cartoons, from elementary school through high school, depicting the First Amendment freedoms

Online Games and Resources

References for Teachers

These resources may be useful if a child in your classroom is involved in the court, and you need additional background or information to support the child or their family: