In the Court's Shoes: Students debate 4 school-related Supreme Court cases! Google 1:1 Compatible!
This Constitution and Supreme Court lesson is included as part of the larger United States Constitution Unit, located here:
The United States Constitution 15-Lesson Unit!
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In this fun and engaging Supreme Court and Constitution lesson, student groups assume the role of the Supreme Court! Here, they read over school-related court issues, great majority and minority opinions, and then compare them to reality!
In student groups (ideally 5, but groups of 7 will work), students will read over FOUR Supreme Court Cases. Each case includes the background and the court's final decision.
After reading over each case's file, group members will "vote" just as the court would. Each case requires the majority and minority opinion of the members of each group.
The FOUR cases that are explained are:
Tinker v. Des Moines (1969)
Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier (1988)
Wallace v. Jafree (1985)
New Jersey v. T.L.O. (1985)
Included are lesson plan and four student group cases. This a great lesson plan for group discussion as each case provides very debatable and "easy to discuss" topics.
This resource includes a paper in-class version and a 1:1 Google compatible version to be used in conjunction with Google Classroom. Just follow the included instructions for how to access the Google version, then share the resource through Google or assign via Google Classroom. This will allow students to type directly into document!
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