Teachers can find videos, lesson plans, and documents to help students gain a better understanding of the importance and role of the Supreme Court in the United States justice system. 

 

 

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Supreme Court Document-based Questions

by Bill of Rights Institute EDUCATING INDIVIDUALS about THE CONSTITUTION

Supreme Court DBQs: Exploring the Cases that Changed History helps your students develop the critical thinking skills they need to evaluate the Court’s rulings and the impact of these rulings on American society. Your students will analyze primary sources spanning five centuries–colonial codes of law, the Federalist Papers, the Constitution, contemporary photographs, case law, oral arguments, the Court’s majority and dissenting opinions, and others. Key tasks for each DBQ will lead them towards an understanding of the role played by the Court and an assessment of its decisions. Each DBQ also contains a section called “The Issue Endures,” which highlights current applications of the case issue.
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Lesson plans that help students understand the role and processes of the U.S. Supreme Court.
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A lesson plan with a variety of engaging activities to introduce students to key information about the Supreme Court and judicial power.
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Liberty and the Supreme Court

by Bill of Rights Institute EDUCATING INDIVIDUALS about THE CONSTITUTION

A document based question which explores the ways the concepts of liberty and property have been understood overtime in the United States and in particular how the Supreme Court has interpreted the right to liberty.
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Religious Liberty and the Supreme Court

by Bill of Rights Institute EDUCATING INDIVIDUALS about THE CONSTITUTION

In this lesson, students will gain an understanding of how the doctrine of incorporation broadened the application of the First Amendment. They will also gain an understanding of the facts of landmark Establishment Clause Supreme Court cases, evaluate arguments about the scope of the Establishment Clause, and assess the Supreme Court's interpretations of the First Amendment with respect to religion in public schools.
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A video that describes the power of judicial review.
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A video that describes the procedures followed by the Supreme Court.
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