Free Civics Studies Lesson 10: The Departments of Justice, Interior, & Agriculture

How the government goes to law and attends to the weather.

Read the current chapter online: “The Departments of Justice, Interior, & Agriculture.”


Be always sure you’re right—THEN GO AHEAD!

“And Uncle Sam is rich enough to give us all a farm….”

Additional Resources

The Robert F. Kennedy Building
More on the Department of Justice building.

DOJ Seal History and Motto
Meaning and history behind the seal.

Attorneys General of the United States
Portraits and bios.

History: The Department of Everything Else
Great background on the Department of the Interior.

Past Secretaries
Of the Department of the Interior.

The Old Patent Office Building
History from the Smithsonian.

The Homestead Act of 1862
The history behind the act.

The Homestead Act of 1862
Full text download.

ARS Timeline
Agricultural Research at USDA.

How Arlington National Cemetery Came to Be
History from Smithsonian Magazine.


10 Million Patents
Excellent interactive site from the U. S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Listen to Soundmarks
Did you know sounds could be patented? See how many you recognize!

Spot the Invention
Who knew so many things we see on a regular basis were patented?

Introduction to Greek Architecture
Learn more about the buildings covered in the lesson at Khan Academy.

Arlington House
Virtual tour.


Rock Creek Park
Extensive history from the Department of the Interior. Don’t miss the photos at the end!

A Narrative of the Life of David Crockett of the State of Tennessee by Davy Crockett
His autobiography.

Free Civics Studies Lesson 10: The Departments of Justice, Interior, & Agriculture

Happy Land: Musical Tributes to Laura Ingalls Wilder
Excellent collection of “frontier” music; but don’t miss sample #15!

Fifty Glimpses of Washington
Photo book in the public domain.

Arlington House
History book from the National Park Service.

Units & Lesson Plans

The Patents and Trademarks of Biomicry
Great activity book download for kids from the patent office.

Davy Crockett, Tall Tales, and History
Take a side trip with this unit from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Liberty Defined
Lesson plan from the National Teacher Training Institute.

Notebooking Pages & Printables

Inventors Coloring Book
Free download from the U. S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Departments of Justice, Interior, & Agriculture Notebooking Pages
Our free and simple notebooking pages for copywork, narrations, dictations, or wrapping up.

Enjoy the entire series:
Free Civics Studies
Free Civics Studies: The Century Book for Young Americans

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