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Using an excerpt from Martin Luther King’s letter from Birmingham Jail and the Constitutional Amendments to the Constitution of the United States, student will analyze Supreme Court Cases to determine whether a law is just or unjust.
Unit will take approximately five 50-minute class periods to complete.
History Standards Assessed:
H2.1: Students will know how to formulate questions and hypotheses regarding what happened in the past.
H2.3B: Students will know how to interpret the data in historical maps, photographs, works of art, and other artifacts.
H2.3C: Students will know how to examine historical data for point of view, historical context, bias, distortion, or propaganda by omission, suppression, or invention of facts.
H3.3A: Students will describe the history, interactions, and contributions of the various groups that have lived in, migrated, or immigrated to the area that is now the United States.
Students will be able to:
• Identify important key words and phrases while reading Martin Luther King’s Letter from Birmingham Jail and Supreme Court cases.
• Apply knowledge of Constitutional Amendments to identify just and unjust laws and justify personal rulings on each Supreme Court Case.
• Analyze Supreme Court Cases and determine which court rulings were just and which one’s were unjust based on the Constitutional Amendments.
• State two factors that make a law just and two factors that make a law unjust.
• Compare Supreme Court Cases by identifying 1-2 patterns in the Supreme Court Rulings.
• Evaluate a Supreme Court Case by explaining why they either agreed or disagreed with the ruling.
• Demonstrate willingness to participate in group activities and express a positive attitude, as measured by individual and peer evaluations.
• Complete one or more homework extension activity.