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Dollars and Votes: 2012 Election
What comes to mind when learners think about campaign financing? They watch a video (linked) about the fundraising climate during the 2012 presidential election and discuss Super PACs and Supreme Court legislation as a group. Scholars...
7th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
Courts in the Classroom: Ritter v Stanton
Students read the case briefs of Ritter v Stanton. They simulate the trial with classmates taking various parts such as appellant, appellee, bailiff, and justices. After conducting a mock argument, they write their own opinion for the case.
10th - 12th Social Studies & History
Informed Citizenship—Civil Rights
New ReviewTo launch a study of civil rights, class members brainstorm rules and expectations of behaviors at home, in school, in the workplace, and in sports. They then look at civil rights cases and examine the rules embedded in these cases.
9th - 10th Social Studies & History
Charting the Three Branches of Government
Pupils review CongressLink on the internet and study the branches of government. They work in groups to create charts showing the structure and functions of the three branches of government as outlined in the first three articles to...
6th - 12th Social Studies & History
The Three Branches of Government (Legislative, Executive, Judicial)
Fifth graders compare the three branches of government to a three-legged chair. In this government lesson, 5th graders discuss the Founding Fathers, the Constitution, and checks and balances. Students study what each branch of government...
5th Social Studies & History
Civil Liberties and War Powers: Korematsu v. United States
Eleventh graders compare and contrast Supreme Court decisions dealing with the application of civil rights during times of war, with emphasis on discrimination and detention. Working in groups, 11th graders review cases and analyze how...
11th Social Studies & History
US Government: Supreme Court
Young scholars explore the powers of the Supreme Court. In this Judicial Branch lesson plan, students define vocabulary regarding the branch's responsibilities, take notes on a video regarding the branch, and discuss the powers of the...
7th - 8th Social Studies & History
McCulloch v. Maryland
Beginning with an intriguing anticipatory question on whether the teacher or the school handbook has more authority, your young citizens will proceed to discover how the landmark case McCulloch v. Maryland defined the supremacy of the...
6th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
The Checks and Balances System: A Worksheet
Here is a basic worksheet to accompany your lesson on the United States government's system of checks and balances. Pupils identify which of the three branches of government has the power listed in the first column (i.e. veto bills,...
6th - 10th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Juveniles and the Death Penalty
Should the death penalty for juveniles be considered cruel and unusual punishment? After analyzing the various arguments surrounding this topic and reading several quotes offered by Supreme Court justices in 2005 on the issue, have your...
9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable