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SS.7.C.3.10 - Sources and Types of Law


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What You Need to Know:

Student Review Reading for SS.7.C.3.10

Identify sources and types (civil, criminal, constitutional, military) of law.


Benchmark Clarifications:

  • Students will use examples of historical law codes to identify how laws originated and developed in Western society. Read more!
  • Students will recognize constitutional, statutory, case, and common law as sources of law. Read more!
  • Students will compare civil, criminal, constitutional, and/or military law. Read more!

Example One (Low Complexity)

The Code of Hammurabi (1772 BC) includes laws focusing on contracts. What type of U.S. law is based on the Code of Hammurabi?

A. civil

B. constitutional

C. criminal

D. military


Example Two (Moderate Complexity)

Which type of law is used to help solve disputes between people or organizations?

A. civil

B. constitutional

C. criminal

D. military


Example Three (High Complexity)

The passage below is from a U.S. Supreme Court opinion announcement.


According to the passage, which action did the U.S. Supreme Court find constitutional?

A. The death penalty may be imposed only on adults.

B. The death penalty may be imposed only on juveniles.

C. The death penalty may be imposed on both adults and juveniles.

D. The death penalty may be imposed on neither adults nor juveniles.


C.3.10 - Vocabulary

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FLDOE Civics Tutorials

courtesy of FL Department of Education


Discovery Education


  • Civil Law, Encyclopedia Entry
  • Criminal Law, Encyclopedia Entry
  • Military Law, Encyclopedia Entry

Civics on Demand

Additional Resources

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Textbook Review


Chapter 7, Section 1 - p. 180-183