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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.
Learners discuss five court cases in history that dealt with the freedom of religion and choice. In this historical lesson plan, students get into small groups and read a synopsis of their assigned case then develop ideas on how to role play the court case for the class. The class will summarize the case through discussion then reflect on each case to determine if similar decisions would be made by the Supreme Court Justices today.
Consider five Supreme Court cases and how their outcomes have directly affected the American population. Government young scholars research and compose a 1-2 page pager outlining the examples of our daily life that have specifically been changed due to specific Supreme Court cases.
Learners examine the US Constitution, Bill of Rights, and Supreme Court cases in order to broaden their understanding of the US Judicial System. They research a variety of textual and Internet resources to create a tri-fold brochure, which houses a summary and pro/con argument related to one Civil Rights issue.
Students read and restate the Ten Amendements of the Bill of Rights. They analyze Supreme Court cases using the Bill of Rights. Students make predictions about how the Supreme Court might have deicided each case. They evaluate how the Supreme Court decisions affect their rights as teenagers.
Eleventh graders explore the role of the Supreme Court in American Society. For this American Government lesson, 11th graders read the background of the Constitution. Students determine the relevance of each decision to current society or to their own lives by using a scale of 1-5 (from critically important to insignificant).
Students view a PowerPoint presentation on the Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society's Civil Rights and/or the Native American Rights. They write a reaction paper and prepare for a class discussion. They work in groups and discuss specific cases that were important historically.