Lesson Plans Based on Movies & Film Clips!                                         

Terms of Use   


Existing curriculum standards for many states do not require instruction in the important elements of due process. Few ideas are more important to Western Civilization and TeachWithMovies.com encourages all teachers of American History, Civics and Government to devote significant time to this topic. All parents should make sure that their children understand the principles of due process. Fortunately, there are several films which teach important aspects of this topic. The best are The Ox Bow Incident, 12 Angry Men and Stand and Deliver. To save class time, we suggest that these movies be assigned over a two or three month period as homework for students to watch with their parents or in groups. Students can then be asked to write journal entries or papers on the movies or be given tests on the concepts they teach. In the alternative, these films can be shown in class and then discussed. Frankly, each of them are probably worth the class time.

Teachers and parents seeking the full range of curriculum standards which can be served by films relating to due process should carefully review the standards applicable to their state. The following is a base from which to start for the eleven most populous states. We have not included standards which apply to general concepts or to skills of analysis or performance.


California Content Standards: History-Social Science: Grade 5: United States History and Geography: Making a New Nation: Standards 5.7.2 - 5.7.5; Grade 7: World History and Geography: Medieval and Early Modern Times: 7.6.5; Grade 8: United States History and Geography: Growth and Conflict: Standards 8.1.1 - 8.1.3; 8.2.1, 8.2.6 & 8.2.7; Grade 10: World History, Culture, and Geography: The Modern World: Standard 10.1; Grade 11: United States History and Geography: Continuity and Change in the Twentieth Century: Standards 11.1.1 - 11.1.3; 11.5.2.

Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills: Social Studies: United States Government: 113.44 (c)(14)(C); and World History Studies 113.42(c)(22)(B).

New York Learning Standards: Social Studies: Civics Citizenship & Government, Standard 5: Key Idea 3;

Florida Sunshine State Standards: [We are still looking for these. If anyone has a suggestion, please email us at support@teachwithmovies.com";

Illinois Learning Standards: [standards with "2" refer to Late Elementary, with a "3" refer to Jr. High Middle School; with a "4" refer to Early High School and with a "5" refer to Late High School] -- Social Science: State Goal 18: Understand how social systems form and develop over time: C.3a; State Goal 14: A. Understand and explain basic principles of the United States government: 14.A.2; C. Understand election processes and responsibilities of citizens: 14.C.2; 14.C.3; F. Understand the development of United States political ideas and traditions: 14.F.3a & .3b;

Pennsylvania Academic Standards: Civics and Government: Academic Standards for Civics and Government, Secondary): 5.2 Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship and 5.3(F) How Government Works/Conflicts and the Court Systems (note that there is no reference to trial by jury or due process that we could find in any of the Pennsylvania Curriculum Standards).

Ohio Academic Content Standards: Social Studies: Grade 8: Government, 5, 6(b)& (c); Citizenship, Rights and Responsibilities: Grade 8: 4 (b) & (c); Grade 11, 5.b; and Grade 12, Civil Rights and Responsibilities: 9;

Michigan Curriculum Framework: Content Standards and Working Draft Benchmarks: Social Studies: III. Civic Perspective: Middle School: 1.3 & 3.1; VII. Citizen Involvement: Middle School and High School: 1;

New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards: Social Studies: Civics, Standard 6.2: Through Grade 8: A.1, C.6 & D.5; Through Grade 12: B.1 & D.5;

Georgia Performance Standards: Social Studies: Fifth Grade: SS5CG1; Grade 8: SS8CG4(b) & (c); Grades 9 - 12: American Government/Civics: SSCG1(a), SSCG3(c), SSCG6(b) & (d), SSCG7 & SSCG 22;

North Carolina Standard Course of Study: Social Studies:
Tenth Grade Civics and Economics: 1.07, 2.06, 5.03, 6.02 and 6.06; American Government: 5.02, 5.03 and 5.04; and Contemporary Law and Justice: 1.01, 2.01, 2.02 & 2.03.

This web page last revised on August 12, 2013.

Spread the GOOD NEWS about


© by TeachWithMovies.com, Inc. All rights reserved. Note that unless otherwise indicated any quotations attributed to a source, photographs, illustrations, maps, diagrams or paintings were copied from public domain sources or are included based upon the "fair use" doctrine. No claim to copyright is made as to those items. DVD or VHS covers are in the public domain. TeachWithMovies.org®, TeachWithMovies.com®, Talking and Playing with Movies™, and the pencil and filmstrip logo are trademarks of TeachWithMovies.com, Inc.

TWM grants free limited licenses to copy TWM curriculum materials only to educators in public or non-profit schools and to parents trying to help educate their children. See TWM's Terms of Use for a full description of the free licenses and limits on the rights of others to copy TWM.