Judicial Branch and Civil Liberties Unit: Civics Curated Course

Supreme Court Document-based Questions

Case background and primary source documents concerning the Supreme Court case of Citizens United v. F.E.C. Dealing with free speech in the political arena, this lesson asks students to asses whether or not the Supreme Court ruled correctly in Citizens United, in light of constitutional principles including republican government, freedom of speech, and property rights.
Exploring Civil and Economic Freedom – Essay by Veronica Cruz Burchard
Handout A: Agree or Disagree?
Handout B: Background Essay – Citizens United v. F.E.C. (2010)
Handout C: Citizens United v. F.E.C. (2010) – Timeline of Campaign Finance Reform Initiatives
Documents to Examine (A-M)
Identifying and Teaching against Misconceptions: Six Common Mistakes about the Supreme Court – Essay by Diana E. Hess Classroom Applications
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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