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 Mapp v. Ohio. Dealing with incorporation of the 4th amendment and the legality of searches and seizures, this lesson asks students to asses the claim that the exclusionary rule helps ensure liberty and justice.
Rights of the Accused – Essay by Dennis Goldford, Ph.D.
Mapp v. Ohio - Case Background
Documents to Examine (A-J)
The Issue Endures - Georgia v. Randolph, 2005
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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