Hernandez v. Texas

What if the jury is not made up of people from your ethnicity or background—are they still considered your peers? Scholars analyze the impact the Supreme Court case Hernandez v. Texas had on jury selection across the nation. Paired research as well as a short video help viewers come to their own conclusions on the validity of the argument regarding the rights of the accused as outlined in the case.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Extend the lesson with a reading on the Hernandez case and its impact
  • Invite a local judge to serve as a guest speaker on how people select juries in the United States 
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires audio and video technology if assigning the lesson as homework
Pros
  • Video enhances key concepts for visual learners 
  • Lesson provides teachers with detailed plans to incorporate into the classroom 
Cons
  • None