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Tenth graders work in groups and individually to explain how the Constitution/Bill of Rights is a living document and how Supreme Court decisions protect the rights of all Americans.
Have an engaging class discussion on the Bill of Rights, U.S. Constitution, and the Supreme Court. Learners examine multiple aspects of the Marbury v. Madison case and the impact that case had on the judicial system in the U.S. Web resources are included.
Twelfth graders discover details about selected Supreme Court cases. In this Judicial Branch lesson, 12th graders research selected cases and then make classroom presentations on the cases following the provided rubric.
Students examine several Supreme Court cases. In this lesson on US Justice, students take a critical look at Plessy v. Ferguson and Brown v. Board of Education in terms of the application of the 14th Amendment. Students then act as lawyers and file a brief that demonstrates their personal position on the subject of 14th Amendment rights and violations.
Students review the procedures for selecting a new Supreme Court Justice. In groups, they determine which questions the nominee should be asked and practice asking the questions with a classmate. They watch the confirmation hearings and discuss their reactions.
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 identify constitutional rights, list ten Supreme Court decisions and tell what constitutional right was affected by them, and choose more recent State or Federal Supreme Court decision and write opinion on it had they been one of the Justices.
Eleventh graders examine l7 Supreme Court decisions as the basis for discussion on 1st Amendment Right, Freedom of Religion. The wide range of cases help students to explain that this "freedom" has limits and bounds and is constantly under attack.
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 analyze the limits and bounds of religious freedom issues in the United States through several Supreme Court case decisions.
Students read an article describing five Supreme Court cases involving students and choose one case to conduct further research on.
Eleventh graders explore the role of the Supreme Court in American Society. In this American Government instructional activity, 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 examine the impact of court decisions. In this Minnesota Supreme Court lesson, students read the State v. Russell case study regarding cocaine drug use. Students take notes on the case and respond to discussion questions regarding the case.
Twelfth graders explore the role of the Judicial Branch. In this U.S. government lesson, 12th graders discuss the qualifications and responsibilities of Supreme Court Justices. Students then take notes on the structure of the court.
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.
Students examine the Fourteenth Amendment. For this Supreme Court lesson, students define due process and equal protection as they analyze the impact of the amendment and the Supreme Court on workers' rights in the early 20th century. Video segment links and discussion guides are included.
Examine the Supreme Court case, District of Columbia vs Heller, to build a better understanding of the Bill of Rights. Learners visit three different websites, read the provided informational text, and then answer a series of critical thinking questions. Answers and web links are included.
Students read an article about nominee JohnG. Roberts prior to his appointment to the Supreme Court. They research his confirmation hearings and decide whether or not they agree with his appointment. Students select a courth chief justice and write a speech they think he may have given during his/her tenure.
High schoolers consider the responsibilities of Senate Judiciary Committee members. In this judicial hearings lesson, students participate in a mock Supreme Court Confirmation and discuss the outcome.
Young scholars explore the balance of power among the branches of the U.S. government. In this Supreme Court instructional activity, students analyze the checks and balances built into the Constitution as they discuss how each branch exercises authority in the given scenarios.