Curriculum

The Kids’ Court curriculum is the core of entire Kids’ Court program.  The Kids’ Court curriculum was developed by law students at the S.J. Quinney College of Law with help from members of the Education Department at the University of Utah.  Originally the curriculum was based off of lessons collected by the Utah Law Related Education project.  Over the past two years it has grown and been cultivated into a comprehensive  program focused on delivering a legal education to elementary school students grounded in the Utah 5th Grade Core Curriculum Requirements for Social Studies and Language  Arts.  The curriculum is broken down into three different units: Foundations, Civic Participation and Lawyering Skills.  Each of these units are made up of 4 or 5 lesson plans that require 1.5 -3 hours to complete.  Each lesson plan in the unit is designed to build off of what the students learned in the previous lesson, and the three units form a unified year-long after school program.  The curriculum is also comprised of a number of different fun and engaging activities called Brain Breaks.  Kids’ Court is an afterschool program and the materials can be very challenging, so it is important to lighten things up several times over the course of each lesson.  Each lesson plan is designed with 2 or 3 Brain Breaks, but many of the Brain Breaks also stand by themselves as fun and exciting ways to fulfill Utah Core Curriculum Requirements and introduce young students to a legal education.  Finally, an essential part of the Kids’ Court program is mock trials.  Like the Brain Breaks, several mock trials are already woven into the lesson plans, but they can also stand alone as very valuable teaching tools.  Please explore the curriculum to discover more about the Kids’ Court Program.