Judge Karnow's Columns
Curtis E. A. Karnow is a judge with the Superior Court of California, County of San Francisco. This series of articles was created through a partnership between the Administrative Offices of the California Courts and the California Council for the Social Studies to provide resources to teachers on an aspect of Civic Education often overlooked. Each article is written in simple language and includes a list of needed vocabulary words. To support classroom use of the articles, Debbie Genzer, a former educator and now at the Administrative Office of the California Courts, has reviewed and offered a set of links to online lesson plans for each article topic, including selections for elementary, middle school, and high school. A pdf version of the articles is also included that may be duplicated for classroom use. Since the U.S. judicial system is unique in the world, these articles would be an especially valuable resource for new Americans and their families.