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 McCulloch v. Maryland. Dealing with the Constitution's Necessary and Property clause, this lesson asks students to asses to what extent the Necessary and Proper Clause grants a new power to Congress and what is the meaning of "Proper" in this context.
Federalism and the Constitution – Essay by Ilya Somin
McCulloch v. Maryland – Case Background
Documents to Examine (A-M)
Graphing Federal Powers
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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