Gideon v. Wainwright

How does a trial begin without a lawyer for the defendant? The 1963 Supreme Court case Gideon v. Wainwright serves as the backdrop for the study of the rights of the accused. Scholars use a short video along with paired discussion and reflection to analyze how the Gideon case provides everyone with the right to legal counsel. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Classroom Considerations
  • Audio and video technology needed if assigning the lesson as homework 
  • Video clip allows differentiated instruction for audio and visual learners
  • Resource provides printable worksheet and materials for use in classroom 
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