This collection has lesson plans, multimedia links, teacher's guides, supplementary materials, assessment ideas, and much more. Topics covered include an overview of the American judicial system and the Supreme Court, and in-depth look at civil rights and liberties. Teachers can pick and choose resources based on instructional goals and needs of the student population. 

Suggested Unit Plan:
7. Supreme Court Document-Based Questions (a series of lessons on key Supreme Court cases)
 
Recommended Enrichment Lessons to Support Core Content:
 
Recommended Lessons to Support English Language Development students and/or students with disabilities:
 
Recommended Resources for Flipped or Online Classes:
 
Beyond the above recommended lessons, there are additional videos to support the core content and resources that provide a more in-depth look at issues related to the judicial branch.
 


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Supreme Court Document-based Questions

by Bill of Rights Institute EDUCATING INDIVIDUALS about THE CONSTITUTION

Supreme Court DBQs: Exploring the Cases that Changed History helps your students develop the critical thinking skills they need to evaluate the Court’s rulings and the impact of these rulings on American society. Your students will analyze primary sources spanning five centuries–colonial codes of law, the Federalist Papers, the Constitution, contemporary photographs, case law, oral arguments, the Court’s majority and dissenting opinions, and others. Key tasks for each DBQ will lead them towards an understanding of the role played by the Court and an assessment of its decisions. Each DBQ also contains a section called “The Issue Endures,” which highlights current applications of the case issue.
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Religious Liberty: An American Experiment

by Bill of Rights Institute EDUCATING INDIVIDUALS about THE CONSTITUTION

In Religious Liberty: An American Experiment, students will gain an understanding of the importance of religious liberty in America, the way our Constitution protects it, and the reasons it is significant today. They will see how the example of religious liberty in America has become a model for many other nations and is an ongoing experiment.
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Learn how the federal courts are structured and how they have an impact on the daily lives of law-abiding citizens.
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A link to the Interactive Constitution that allows users to explore Article III of the U.S. Constitution to learn more about the judicial branch.
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A lesson plan with a variety of engaging activities to introduce students to key information about the Supreme Court and judicial power.
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A video that describes the procedures followed by the Supreme Court.
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In this lesson, students learn about the role of an independent judiciary in the United States.
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A lesson plan and video to help students understand the structure and function of the judicial branch.
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Liberty and the Supreme Court

by Bill of Rights Institute EDUCATING INDIVIDUALS about THE CONSTITUTION

A document based question which explores the ways the concepts of liberty and property have been understood overtime in the United States and in particular how the Supreme Court has interpreted the right to liberty.
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Religious Liberty and the Supreme Court

by Bill of Rights Institute EDUCATING INDIVIDUALS about THE CONSTITUTION

In this lesson, students will gain an understanding of how the doctrine of incorporation broadened the application of the First Amendment. They will also gain an understanding of the facts of landmark Establishment Clause Supreme Court cases, evaluate arguments about the scope of the Establishment Clause, and assess the Supreme Court's interpretations of the First Amendment with respect to religion in public schools.
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A collection of lesson plans and activities for teaching about the Supreme Court.
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A simple and quick lesson to help students understand the judicial system.
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A simple handout on the judicial branch.
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A six-minute overview of the judicial branch.
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Teacher video about the Judicial Branch of Government.
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