Lesson 10: Problem-Solving Courts

Snapshot

Grade Level 8-10
Duration 1 period

Lesson Plan (PDF)

Introduction

Using a cooperative group activity, students will become experts in BC’s Problem-Solving courts and will teach each other. These courts include Community Court, First Nations Court, Small Claims Night Court and Circuit Courts.

Objectives

By the end of this lesson, students will:

  • Understand that there are different types of court processes
  • Learn about alternative types of courts such as Community Court, First Nations Court, Small Claims Night Court and Circuit Courts

Focus Questions

  1. What is the purpose of Community Court, First Nations Court, Small Claims Night Court and Circuit Court? What role do they play?
  2. What are some examples of scenarios that might be heard in each court?

Teaching Summary

Topics 1, 2, 3 & 4: Downtown Community Court, First Nations Court, Small Claims Night Court & Circuit Court

Students will work cooperatively in a jigsaw to become experts in a particular type of court process in BC; these experts will then teach their groups the knowledge of their court. This lesson also includes scenarios that challenge students to figure out which problem-solving courts would handle the scenarios.