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 South Dakota v. Dole. Dealing with the whether or not the Federal government can attach conditions to money given to states in areas where the Federal government has no enumerated power, this lesson asks students to evaluate the extent to which the Court's interpretation of the General Welfare clause and attachment of conditions to federal funds given to states is consistent with the principle of Federalism.
Federalism and the Constitution – Essay by Ilya Somin
South Dakota v. Dole – Case Background
Documents to Examine (A-I)
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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