To understand how Supreme Court decisions can have a profound effect on American society.
1 class period
Students begin this lesson by reading an introductory paragraph about the Supreme Court of the United States.
Next, summaries of the following four landmark decisions are given:
• Engel v. Vitale (1962)
• Gideon v. Wainwright (1963)
• Miranda v. Arizona (1966)
• Roe v. Wade (1973)
Each summary contains two sections entitled Background Information and The Decision, and is followed by five true/false questions for students to answer.
The lesson concludes with a Thought Question whereby each class member is asked to decide which of these four landmark Supreme Court decisions they think was of greatest importance. They must then write a paragraph explaining their choice. This helps to develop critical thinking skills.
Teacher Instructions and answer key included