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

Reporting Category 1: Origins and Purposes of Law and Government

Reporting Category 1: General

Enlightenment Ideas: SS.7.C.1.1

Impact of Key Documents: SS.7.C.1.2

English Policies: SS.7.C.1.3

Declaration of Independence: SS.7.C.1.4

Articles of Confederation: SS.7.C.1.5

Preamble of the Constitution: SS.7.C.1.6

Separation of Powers and Checks & Balances: SS.7.C.1.7

Federalists and Anti-Federalists: SS.7.C.1.8

Rule of Law: SS.7.C.1.9

Sources & Types of Laws: SS.7.C.3.10

Reporting Category 2: Roles, Rights, and Responsibilities of Citizens

Reporting Category 2: General

Citizenship: SS.7.C.2.1

Obligations of Citizens: SS.7.C.2.2

Bill of Rights & Other Amendments: SS.7.C.2.4

Constitutional Safeguards & Limits: SS.7.C.2.5

Constitutional Rights: SS.7.C.3.6

13th, 14th, 15th, 19th, 24th, & 26th Amendments: SS.7.C.3.7

Landmark Supreme Court Cases: SS.7.C.3.12

Reporting Category 3: Government Policies and Political Processes

Reporting Category 3: General

Political Parties: SS.7.C.2.8

Qualifications for Political Office: SS.7.C.2.9

Monitoring & Influencing Government: SS.7.C.2.10

Media & Political Communications: SS.7.C.2.11

Public Policy: SS.7.C.2.12

Multiple Perspectives: SS.7.C.2.13

U.S. Domestic & Foreign Policy: SS.7.C.4.1

Participation in International Organizations: SS.7.C.4.2

U.S. & International Conflicts: SS.7.C.4.3

Reporting Category 4: Organization and Function of Government

Reporting Category 4: General

Forms of Government: SS.7.C.3.1

Systems of Government: SS.7.C.3.2

Three Branches of Government: SS.7.C.3.3

Federalism: SS.7.C.3.4

Amendment Process: SS.7.C.3.5

Structure, Function, & Processes of Government: SS.7.C.3.8

Court System: SS.7.C.3.11

United States & Florida Constitutions: SS.7.C.3.13

Government Obligations & Services: SS.7.C.3.14

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.

C310 High

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


FLDOE Civics Tutorials

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Discovery Education


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

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Textbook Review


Chapter 7, Section 1 - p. 180-183