Judicial Independence/Judicial Accountability
Students examine the characteristics of a good judge. They discuss what qualities they would find important in selecting a judge. They analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the judicial system in their state.
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The Challenge of Selecting an Ideal Supreme Court Nominee
Nearly every president has had the opportunity to name a nominee to the United States Supreme Court. But what makes someone an ideal candidate to become a Supreme Court justice? High schoolers test their prior knowledge about the Supreme...
10th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Analysis of Marbury v. Madison
Should the United States Supreme Court have the power of judicial review? Instructors guide class members through a review of Marbury v. Madison and assist class members in writing a brief of the case. As independent practice,...
9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
What Makes a Good Judge?
Learners define qualities that should be considered when selecting judge, evaluate costs and benefits of two methods of selecting and retaining judges, decide whether methods provide for judicial independence and judicial accountability,...
7th - 12th Social Studies & History
The Supreme Court: The Judicial Power of the United States
Students investigate some basic facts about the Supreme Court by examining the United States Constitution and one of the landmark cases decided by that court. The operation of the Supreme Court forms the focus of the lesson.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History