Consumer and Housing Law
Unit 5
Discipline: Social Studies Course/Grade: 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th.
Date Written: 2012 -2013
Lesson Time: Duration of course
Law and the American Family

Law from Birth to Death From birth until death, the law creates rules and boundaries that affect the way children, teenagers, adults, and families are able to live their lives. Many daily activities and events are so common that it is easy to forget that there are actually laws regulating almost every action. For example, parents must provide the basic necessities for their children; children of a certain age are required to go to school; and teenagers can take a driver's test and vote in public elections when they reach a certain age. The laws that govern many important aspects of a person's life can vary from state to state.

What Is a Family? Defining what constitutes a family can be difficult. The size and appearance of the American family is constantly changing due to various economic, social, and political factors. For example, many children are raised in families that do not have two parents. Since there is no longer a traditional family model, the law and the courts have adapted to meet the changing needs of today's society and family.

Student Objectives:
At the conclusion of this Unit, students will be able to:
  • 1. Discuss how the law and values applies to their lives from birth to death.
  • 2. Understand and discuss the Law and the American Family.
  • 3. Understand and discuss Marriage
  • 4. Understand and discuss Parents and children.
  • 5. Understand responsibilities of Foster Care and Adoption
  • 6. Understand and discuss Health benefits, Separation, Divorce, and Custody
  • 7. Understand and discuss Government support for families and individuals

  • Benchmarks:
  1. Use graphic data to analyze information about a public issue in state or local government.
  2. Evaluate arguments about selected issues from diverse perspectives and frames of reference, noting the strengths, weaknesses and consequences associated with the decision made on each issue.
Substrant 2 Civic Skills: Standard 3 and 4:
Democratic government depends on informed and engaged citizens understand their rights, duties and responsibilities. Citizenship and its rights and duties are established by law
X Cognitive
X Knowledge
X Comprehension
X Application
X Evaluation
Content Vocabulary: Emancipated, incest, bigamy, annulment, divorce, polygamy, common-law marriage, bigamy, separate property, marital property, community property, equitable distribution, prenuptial agreement, Spouse abuse, cohabitation agreement, palimony, civil unions, domestic partnership, paternity suit, emancipation, family responsibility laws, truant, family car doctrine, child abuse, child neglect, pedophile, temporary legal guardian, family foster care, group homes, kinship care, family reunification, terminate parental rights, adoption, surrogate mother, separation agreement, collaborative divorce, adultery, desertion, mental cruelty, physical cruelty, insanity, no-fault divorce, irreconcilable differences, covenant marriage, custody, joint custody, tender years doctrine, best interests of the child, kinship care, alimony, rehabilitative alimony, in loco parentis,
Strategies: (Initial, Modifying, Extending, Interdisciplinary)
Students will look at the Example Problems given in each unit and develop a systematic legal vocabulary by the end of the course.

  1. Chapter and Unit Test
  2. Student Self-Assessment Quizzes.
  3. Cases and Resources: U.S. Department of Justice, National Crime Prevention Council, and Sleepy Eye Crime statistics.
  4. U. S. Department of Education.