Judicial Decisions: Crash Course Government and Politics #22

A Supreme Court justice does not have supreme authority over the law. Scholars investigate how the justices on the Supreme Court balance their views and opinions as they relate to the United States government and politics. They view a short video clip outlining the ideas of judicial restraint and activism, spurring thought and discussion on the true powers of the highest court in the land. The informative lesson is the 22nd in a 50-part series on the government. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

Classroom Considerations

  • Video is less than 10 minutes in length—a great addition to a judicial lesson

  • Includes animation and humor to differentiate instruction
  • Provides direct primary cases and quotes to research and extend lesson further

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