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 Gratz v. Bollinger and Grutter v. Bollinger. Dealing with the principle of equal protection and affirmative action, this lesson asks students to evaluate the Court's reasoning in uploading Grutter while striking down Gratz.
Equal Protection and Affirmative Action – Essay by Warner Winborne, Ph.D.
Gratz v. Bollinger and Grutter v. Bollinger - Case Background
Documents to Examine (A-L)
The Issue Endures 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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