By Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer & Chief Marketing Officer, Curriki
If you are teaching high school Civics this year, you’ll be pretty excited to hear that Curriki has two new huge collections that host a wealth of exciting free resources for teaching students about the U.S. government: the Bill of Rights institute’s Voices of History and a new course-based comprehensive High School Civics Course collection.
In this blog, I’d like to share a few resources from the Voices of History and the Civics Collection that will supplement your conversations and lessons about the Supreme Court.
These materials, lessons, instructional videos, and even games will grab your students’ attention and truly engage them. You’ll be happy to hear that all the resources in these collections are aligned to the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards.
Curriki’s new course-based comprehensive High School Civics Course collection includes an entire unit on the Judicial Branch: Unit 5: The Judicial Branch (Civil Rights and Liberties). This unit includes an overview of the American judicial system and the Supreme Court, and in-depth look at civil rights and liberties.
Here are some great examples of what you’ll find in this unit:
- Crash Course: Supreme Court of the United States Procedures A video that describes the procedures followed by the Supreme Court.
- The Supreme Court: The Judicial Power of the United States A lesson plan with a variety of engaging activities to introduce students to key information about the Supreme Court and judicial power.
- The Origin, Nature, and Importance of the Supreme Court A lesson plan and video to help students understand the structure and function of the judicial branch.
- Supreme Court Document-based Questions Thirty one lessons from the Bill of Rights Institute’s Voices of History that will help 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.
- Street Law Supreme Court Lesson Plans and Teaching Methods A collection of lesson plans and activities for teaching about the Supreme Court.
Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer & Chief Marketing Officer, leads and manages all of Curriki’s content development, user experience, and academic direction. Learn more at Curriki.org.
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