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 Lucas v. South Carolina Costal Council. Dealing with the "regulatory taking" of property, this lesson asks students how much they think the government should be able to regulate property before it becomes a "taking" requiring just compensation.
Government Taking of Private Property for Public Use – Essay by Stephen R. McAllister
Lucas v. South Carolina Coastal Commission – Case Background
Documents to Examine (A-L)
Graphing Property Rights
Supplementary Primary Sources Related to Property Rights
Private Property Vocabulary
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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