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 Reno v. ACLU. Dealing with whether or not the First Amendment protected obscene or indecent speech on the internet, this lesson asks students to argue whether or not Congress should be able to ban "indecent" or "patently offensive" speech on the Internet.
The Expansion of Expression – Essay by Ken I. Kersh, Ph.D.
Reno v. ACLU – Case Background
Documents to Examine (A-H)
The Issue Endures – United States v. American Library
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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