Judicial Branch and Civil Liberties Unit: Civics Curated Course

Supreme Court Document-based Questions

A document based question which explores Dwight D. Eisenhower's response to the Little Rock Crisis. This lesson asks students to asses President Eisenhower's constitutional justification for his decision to send federal troops to Little Rock Arkansas, to enforce a federal court's order to integrate public schools.
Handout A: Background Essay – Eisenhower and the Little Rock Crisis Documents to Examine (A-K)
Handout B: Analyzing Documents 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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