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 Nollan v. California Costal Commission. Dealing with whether or not regulations restricting property owners actions on their own property are protected by the Fifth amendment, this lesson asks students why property rights are sometimes referred to as a "bundle of sticks". Lesson plan PDF includes all handouts and resources:
Government Taking of Private Property for Public Use – Essay by Stephen R. McAllister
Nollan v. California Coastal Commission – Case Background
Documents to Examine (A-K)
Diagram Representing Nollan’s Property
Graphic 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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