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Regents of the University of California v. Bakke (1978)
Eleventh graders take a closer look at reverse discrimination. In this Supreme Court lesson, 11th graders analyze primary documents from Regents of the University of California v. Bakke and explore the decision as well as the role of affirmative action today.
11th Social Studies & History 3 Views 2 Downloads
The Living Constitution
Tenth graders explore the Constitution as a "living document." After reading three specific cases, learners consider characteristics that make up a living document. In groups, they conduct guided research on each case. Pupils write a summary of their findings.
10th Social Studies & History 3 Views 7 Downloads
New Review Practice Test: Civic Responsibilities in American Society
Is voting in American democracy a right or privilege? What exactly are civic responsibilities? Here is a 20-question multiple-choice assessment that covers a wide range of items related to civic duty in American society.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 5 Views 3 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
The Race to Learn
Students explore the history of education and race in the United States. By researching Supreme Court cases dealing with race and education, students examine the ways in which these cases have reflected changing social and cultural norms.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History 7 Views 38 Downloads
Will the Supreme Court Vouch for Vouchers?
Students investigate past Supreme Court decisions that have centered on education issues and assess the ways in which those decisions have impacted American education. They consider the controversies surrounding the issue of school vouchers.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History 6 Views 43 Downloads
What Has Brown Done for You?
Learners review the facts of the court case Brown v. Board of Education. Next, they research recent court cases that uphold contrasting views on the landmark decision. They write opinions about these recent court cases from a 1954 perspective.
5th - 12th Social Studies & History 13 Views 172 Downloads
Students discuss the implications of June 23, 2003 Supreme Court rulings on affirmative action. They research other cases, initiatives, propositions and acts regarding affirmative action in the United States in order to prepare for a series of debates.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History 4 Views 16 Downloads
"A Voice of Moderation and Civility"
Students read about, discuss and reflect on the life of retired Justice Lewis Powell, investigating major court decisions he influenced and the impact of his 'voice of moderation and civility to an increasingly polarized (Supreme) court.'
6th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 1 Download
Multicultural Issues and the Law: Gender and Race Based Schooling
Middle schoolers examine the problems associated with gender based and race based education. In groups, they research the history of education and the laws that have changed education and impacted lives. They brainstorm a list of the positives and negatives of each concept and develop a plan in which separate but equal could be implemented as a role play activity.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History 7 Views 20 Downloads
The Legacy of the Warren Court
Students examine the major decisions by the Supreme Court when Warren was the Chief Justice. In groups, they research the life and other works of Earl Warren and discuss how ones background can influence decisions. They also examine the two cases of Brown v.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 7 Views 31 Downloads
It's Your Right: A Civil Rights Brochure
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.
12th Social Studies & History 7 Views 47 Downloads
Can the U.S. Supreme Court correct past mistakes?
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.
8th - 11th Social Studies & History 3 Views 49 Downloads
Twelfth graders survey how controversial court cases have changed the viewpoints of civil rights. In this U.S. Government activity, 12th graders work in small groups to prepare summaries of specific court cases, then present their findings to the class.
12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 5 Downloads
Affirmative Action Debate
Students recognize that there are class and school activities that can cause for their exclusion. They defend and dispute an issue in preparing for a debate and determine how a survey can tell you how other classes fell about issues.
10th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 9 Downloads
Supreme Court: Practice with Precedents 2010
Eleventh graders examine the term precedent in the court system. In this American Government lesson, 11th graders research various court cases in history. Students create a study chart that shows comparisons of these cases.
11th Social Studies & History 3 Views 9 Downloads
A More Perfect Union: Barack Obama's Race Speech at the National Constitution Center
Eleventh graders explore the process of perfecting the Union through changes made to the Constitution, and through the powers delegated to each branch of government. In this American Government lesson plan, 11th graders research various Supreme Court Cases.
11th Social Studies & History 3 Views 10 Downloads
Getting In Is Half the Battle
Students read and discuss "Defending Affirmative Action With Social Science," examining the admissions policies in public universities and colleges. They write persuasive essays either for or against the admissions policies in their state.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 27 Downloads
The Adarand Case: Affirmative Action and Equal Protection
Eleventh graders examine the Adarand case. For this American Government lesson, 11th graders create a list of reasons for each affirmative action program. Students develop a defense on certain issues and present it to the class.
11th Social Studies & History 4 Views 8 Downloads