Judicial Branch and Civil Liberties Unit: Civics Curated Course

Supreme Court Document-based Questions

Case background and primary sources concerning the Supreme Court case of Bush v. Gore. Dealing with the 2000 election, this lesson asks students whether or not they think the United States Supreme Court correctly decided the case.
Handout A: Background Essay – Bush V. Gore (2000)
Documents to Examine (A-N)
Handout B: Organizing Documents
Handout C: Interview Questions Identifying and Teaching against Misconceptions: Six Common Mistakes about the Supreme Court – Essay by Diana E. Hess
Classroom Application
Online Resources
Case Briefing Sheet
Constitutional Issue Evidence Form
Documents Summary
Attorney Document Analysis
Moot Court Procedures
Tips for Thesis Statements and Essays Rubric for Evaluating a DBQ Essay on a 9-Point Scale
Key Question Scoring Guidelines for All Essays
Constitutional Principles and their Definitions
Answer Key
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