Landmark Supreme Court Cases That Rocked Our World is a exciting, dynamic research-based project designed for secondary students. This project works well with individual students or in cooperative learning pairs. Students will showcase their learning about a Landmark Supreme Court Case by creating an educational music video using the free online Animoto in Education technology tool.
Students will first select a Supreme Court Case that involves the rights of students, children, or one that features controversial school issues. A suggested topic list with research links is included.
Once they choose their topic, students will use the suggested research questions and digital resource links to note the essential facts about the case.
Next, they will begin searching and saving images relating to the events, the people, and the issues involved.
Using their note-taking handouts, students will then draft key information, dates, and facts to include in their Animoto video production in the form of texts and picture captions.
As a final step, students will use Animoto to type in their texts, upload their images, and select music from Animoto's extensive copyright-free music library in order to create their final videos on their chosen topic.
This project takes approximately a week to complete. Animoto is very user-friendly and fun!
This is a perfect way to implement project based learning into your classroom while also keeping your students interested and motivated!
This project supports the following CCSS Literacy in Social Studies and History:
Key Ideas and Details
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.11-12.1 Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, connecting insights gained from specific details to an understanding of the text as a whole.
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.11-12.3 Evaluate various explanations for actions or events and determine which explanation best accords with textual evidence, acknowledging where the text leaves matters uncertain.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.11-12.9 Integrate information from diverse sources, both primary and secondary, into a coherent understanding of an idea
The following resources are included with this purchase:
Link to Animoto Music Video on Tinker v. Des Moines
Link to Animoto How To Tutorial Video
Detailed Teacher Instructions with Screenshots on How to Create Student Accounts and Full Access to Animoto's Video Tools
Student Log In Slips Template
Supreme Court Case Video Project Description and Requirements
List of 20 High Interest Suggested Landmark Supreme Court Case Topics
Links to Sites for Research
Research Questions Student Handout
Note-Taking Student Worksheet
MLA Image Citation Sheet
Animoto Image Planning Sheet
Let's Get Searching! Image Search Directions Handout
Animoto Image Analysis/Explanation Sheet
Animoto Music Video Grading Rubric for Teachers