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Lesson 7: Judicial Activism and Restraint - An Opinion Poll
Twelfth graders determine how the Supreme Court has changed over time. In this Judicial Branch instructional activity, 12th graders watch a video segment about polling and the conduct their own polls of the public's view of judicial activism and judicial restraint.
12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 3 Downloads
The Judiciary in American History
Students investigate the influence of political and societal forces on judicial decisions. Among the topics they examine are the selection of judges and the cause and effect relationship between politics, society, and the law. to conclude, students write essays expressing a decision on the constitutionality of same-sex marriages.
9th - 12th Language Arts 3 Views 3 Downloads
Lesson 12: Opinion Poll Data and Vocabulary Test
Twelfth graders explore data they collect about judicial restraint and judicial activism. In this public policy lesson, 12th graders use their opinion poll results from a prior lesson to write articles that publish their results.
12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 3 Downloads
Lesson 1: The Federal Court System
Twelfth graders explore the functions of the Federal Court System. In this Judicial Branch lesson, 12th graders examine the needs for courts as they discuss justice and rights, read an excerpt from Hamilton's Federalist Papers and complete the provided handout.
12th Social Studies & History 6 Views 8 Downloads
History of Supreme Court
Students study the role of the U.S. Supreme Court in U.S. history. They explore current events about the U.S. Constitution and discuss the Marbury v. Madison case from 1803. They identify the term "judicial review" and judicial philosophy.
6th - 9th Social Studies & History 4 Views 33 Downloads
Choosing Supreme Court Justices in 2005
Learners explore the process of choosing a Supreme Court judge and the impact that a nominee's views can have on the bench. They study the events surrounding each current judges nomination and the effect they had on the court.
10th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 0 Downloads
Taking a Stand on Public Policy
Relate policy decisions to classroom activities. In order to prepare for a writing activity in which they will need to choose a side, learners are first given a sample policy for which they must choose yes or no and walk to the side of the room with that label.
6th - 8th Language Arts 10 Views 18 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Should Video Games be Regulated?
Persuade your pupils to take a stance on a variety of issues. Warm up with an activity that has class members walk to a yes or no sign based on their opinion. They then fill out a graphic organizer with persuasive arguments. After they are done practicing, writers evaluate information about video games, compose persuasive letters, and send final drafts of their letters to government officials.
6th - 8th Language Arts 32 Views 72 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Down for the Count?
The New York Times article “Supreme Court, Split 5-4, Halts Florida Count in Blow to Gore” provides the opening to an assessment of the United States Supreme Court decision in the case of the 2000 presidential election. Assuming the persona of a Supreme Court judge, a presidential candidate, or a voter, class members assess the text of the ruling.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 30 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Persuasive Essay: Should Cities Have Natural or Green Spaces within ½ Mile of Every Resident?
Introduce public policy and persuasive writing with a well-designed activity for junior high learners. The writers develop a stance on whether cities should have natural or green places within a half a mile of all residents. Included are worksheets that aid in class debate, and help focus the students' stance on the issue.
7th Social Studies & History 11 Views 16 Downloads
Religious Revival: The American Response to the Cold War
Students examine the impact of religion on the Cold War. In this Cold War lesson, students analyze speeches delivered by Lenin, Truman, and Graham regarding the role of religion in society. As a culminating activity, students are tested over the material.
11th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 19 Downloads
New Review Plessy v. Ferguson & the Roots of Segregation
How far in the past do the roots of Jim Crow and segregation extend? Your young historians will closely consider this question using detailed PowerPoint slides as a basis for discussion rather than lecture, and culminating in an activity where class members create an exhibit for a museum on segregation.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 10 Views 7 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Individual Rights vs. The Greater Good Within the Scope of War
When, if ever, is the government justified in restricting individual rights? When, if ever, should the "greater good" trump individual rights? To prepare to discuss this hot-button topic, class members examine primary source documents, including Abraham Lincoln's Proclamation suspending the Writ of Habeas Corpus, Supreme Court decisions, and Executive Order 9066.
11th - 12th Social Studies & History 97 Views 81 Downloads CCSS: Designed
American Government: Does a State Have the Legal/Constitutional Right to Secede from the Union?
Are states prohibited or permitted by the wording of the Constitution to leave the Union? After analyzing the decisions of selected Supreme Court cases and other primary source documents, spark discussion and debate with your class on this fascinating topic.
11th - 12th Social Studies & History 15 Views 7 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable