Community Engagement/Civics Resource Clearinghouse

The 2020-2022 Judicial Council of Georgia Strategic Plan includes a community engagement component for the judicial branch.   We will be working this year to create and collect resources for community engagement and civic resources to assist judges with their community outreach.  

Read-Aloud Books

Reading books aloud stimulates the mind of children and helps develop language and listening skills. Below we have list of books that can be read aloud to students in various grades.

Civics Reading List by Grade and Topic

To sort by grade level, input number of the grade into the search field (e.g., ‘k’ for kindergarten or ‘2’ for 2nd grade)

Grade Level(s)TopicTitleAuthor
K, 1, 2, 3Good CitizenshipTomorrow I’ll Be KindJessica Hische
K, 1, 2, 3Good CitizenshipTomorrow I’ll be BraveJessica Hische
K, 1, 2, 3Good CitizenshipYou’re Here for a ReasonNancy Tillman
K, 1, 2, 3Good CitizenshipWhat Can a Citizen Do?Dave Eggers
K, 1, 2, 3Constitution DayWe the Kids: The Preamble to the Constitution of the United StatesDavid Catrow
K, 1, 2, 3Women’s SuffrageI Could Do That!: Esther Morris Gets Women the VoteLinda Arms White
K, 1, 2, 3Women’s SuffrageAround America to Win the VoteMaria Rockliff
1, 2, 3, 4Women’s SuffrageBold & BraveKirsten Gillibrand
1, 2, 3, 4, 5Women’s SuffrageElizabeth Leads the WayTanya Lee Stone
3, 4, 5Bill of Rights DayA Kids' Guide to America's Bill of RightsKathleen Krull
4, 5Constitution DayWe the People: The Story of Our ConstitutionLynne Cheney
4, 5Constitution DayA More Perfect Union: The Story of Our ConstitutionBetsy Maestro
4, 5Bill of Rights DayThe Bill of Rights: Protecting Our Freedom Then and NowSyl Sobel
4, 5, 6Women’s SuffrageThe Ballot Box BattleEmily Arnold McCully

Visit our “Be Proud to Read Aloud” page. We celebrated the 2020 Law Day theme of women’s suffrage in the United States by recording judges read a number of books on the subject and distributing the videos to teachers for use.


Lesson Plans/Resources

We are adding new materials as we find them. Check back every time you have a speaking engagement.

Lesson Plans and Resources by Grade Level

To sort by grade level, input number of the grade into the search field (e.g., ‘k’ for kindergarten or ‘2’ for 2nd grade)

Grade LevelsPublished byDescriptionLink
5, 6, 7, 8iCivicsJudicial Branch BingoPDF
5, 6, 7, 8iCivicsJudicial Branch in a Flash - Overview, Quiz, CrosswordPDF
K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5GPB EducationThe Judicial Branch Explained - video, some dated info should be addressed with studentsYouTube Video
3, 4, 5Texas CourtsGoldie Locks versus Three Bears: A Civil Mock Trial ScriptPDF
K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6ABAMock Trial: A Script and How-to Guide - GoldilocksPDF
8GaDOEGA 8th Grade Social Studies StandardsPDF

iCivics

Founded in 2009 by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, iCivics  provides free, high-quality, non-partisan resources to help ensure that students have the civics knowledge they need to participate meaningfully in our democracy.  Create an iCivics account to access a treasure trove of online or printable materials such as Judicial Branch Bingo or the Judicial Branch in a Flash Crossword Puzzle.  These are fun ways to interact with a class while sharing important civics lessons.


Events

Coming Soon…A Bill of Rights Day animated video!

An #AskGAJudges Twitter Town Hall was held on September 17, 2021. Check out our Wakelet Summary for all of the Questions and Answers.

Previously Held Events

TitleDate HeldSubjectLink
Law Day Discussion 20212021-5-7Bill of RightsYoutube recording
2020 Bill of Rights Day Judicial Panel2020-12-15Bill of RightsYoutube recording
2020 Twitter Town Hall 2020-09-17US ConstitutionWakelet Summary
Law Day 20202020-05-0119 Amendment/Women's SuffrageYoutube video

Speakers Bureau

A Table of ‘Who’s Doing What’ of Judicial Speakers

SpeakerTopicDateEventLink if available
Miller, Judge M. YvetteBlack Women in the Judiciary2020-03-18All Rise: The Evolution of Black Women in AmericaAppeals Court Twitter
Williams, Judge Shermela J.Black Women in the Judiciary2020-03-18All Rise: The Evolution of Black Women in AmericaAppeals Court Twitter
Adams, Judge Kimberly EsmondBlack Women in the Judiciary2020-03-18All Rise: The Evolution of Black Women in AmericaAppeals Court Twitter
Warren, Justice Sarah H. Women in the Legal Profession2020-02-01A Fireside Chat with Supreme Court Justices McMillian and WarrenUGA Twitter
McMillian, Justice Carla W.Women in the Legal Profession2020-02-01A Fireside Chat with Supreme Court Justices McMillian and WarrenUGA Twitter
Dillard, Judge Stephen L. A.Social Media2020-12-17Professionalism & Technology CLEGeorgia Court of Appeals Twitter
McClelland, Chief Judge T. RussellBefore the Trial Panel2020-12-17Professionalism and Technology CLEAgenda
Wong, Judge Alvin T. Before the Trial Panel2020-12-17Professionalism and Technology CLEAgenda
Morris, Judge Shondeana CrewsWellness2020-12-17Professionalism and Technology CLEAgenda

Handouts

Georgia’s Court System Posters

The Judicial Council/Administrative Office of the Courts provides to judges free of charge posters designed for school-age children. The printed poster is 18 x 24 unfolded. Email bruce.shaw@georgiacourts.gov to order or for more information. For a PDF version click here.

Your Guide to Georgia’s Courts Brochures

The Judicial Council/Administrative Office of the Courts provides to judges free of charge brochures designed for the general public that describe Georgia’s court system. The printed brochures are trifold folding out to 11 x 17. . Email bruce.shaw@georgiacourts.gov to order or for more information. For a PDF version click here.