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Young scholars study the role the Supreme Court plays in laws and decisions that affect individuals with disabilities and examine the policies of the American with Disabilities Act. They draw parallels between policies enacted by the ADA and the ways in which these policies affect their everyday lives.
Students explore eight Career and Technical areas and make connections with business, family and consumers, and technology. They examine and describe how agriculture and natural resources impact our quality of life. Students recognize and explain how the agricultural system works and identify related corresponding careers in agricultural and forestry production.
Students consider the rights of illegal immigrants. In this illegal immigration lesson, students analyze the Supreme Court case Plyler v. Doe and determine whether illegal immigrants should have access to public benefits. Students participate in a Supreme Court Hearing simulation.
Students examine unauthorized immigration in the United States. In this current issues lesson plan, students examine 4 letters written to the editor regarding unauthorized immigration. Students act as editors and analyze the letters choosing 2 that exhibit opposing viewpoints. Students discuss the immigration issue in the United States.
Students examine the Supreme Court and the confirmation process. They simulate a confirmation hearing with students role-playing as nominees and others as members of the Judiciary Committee. Students compose short essays outlining the characteristics they think are required to be a Supreme Court Justice.
Students practice identifying and solving problems. They assume a role to solve an authentic problem. During the simulation, students explain the structure of the government and reasons for adopting that particular structure. They examine why different countries may have different structures. Students analyze ideological, cultural and historical values related to the American society.