27-problem cloze viewing worksheet, crossword puzzle review designed for differentiated learning, and helpful teaching aids
to assist you as you lead your students through a fun and engaging review of U.S. history as told through key Supreme Court cases that clearly show the various eras the nation has experienced!
This video activity packet is intended for use with the excellent PBS series The Supreme Court. The series consists of four episodes, each lasting an hour. Through watching all four episodes, students will be explore in chronological order the entire history of the Supreme Court up through the early 21st century. The program first aired on PBS in 2007 but will remain relevant for many, many years to come!
What This PBS The Supreme Court Episode 3 Worksheet Packet Includes:
• Comprehensive fill-in worksheet with 27 problems: All problems are presented in video order so that students can follow along. Doing the worksheet as they watch requires students to pay close attention to all narration so they can “catch” the next problem coming up. This leads to higher student engagement with the video and more learning!
• Student answer sheet: The student worksheet is formatted to discourage students from writing directly on their copies. This way, teachers can make one class set and use it for years, saving them both time and paper! Students can write on their own paper, of course, but using the included answer sheet will facilitate super-fast grading since it will guarantee that student answers “line up” perfectly with the answer key.
• Answer key for fast grading: This key perfectly matches the student answer sheet so that teachers can correct 3, 5, or even more papers at once should they choose – just spread them out carefully so all student pages line up with the key, and you’ll be able to correct student work in nothing flat!
• Answer key for going over answers with the class: Instead of grading the papers yourself, you can have students grade themselves or each other with this key. Instead of just reading out the right answer, you can make the “correcting phase” a learning/review experience by reading students the whole sentence they were looking at during viewing, pausing when the answer appears to let the class or selected students supply the correct answer. This lets students hear the key sentences again, helping to reinforce key concepts and information!
• Teacher reference materials: Included is a list of all the laws and court cases discussed during the episode, as well as a full transcript of the episode’s narration in case you want to quickly review what the program had to say on a particular topic. To assist teachers with finding key information, the transcript is clearly marked where court cases/laws and student answers from the worksheet activity appear.
• Crossword puzzle activity: Intended as a final “recap” of the episode, the crossword puzzle contains 25 words and clues and is presented in two versions for differentiated learning. Teachers can choose from a traditional crossword that provides students only with the grid and clues, or from an enhanced version that also gives them a “word bank” with the answers that need to be placed on the grid. A solution grid and helpful vocabulary reference link are provided for teachers to help them correct puzzles and/or review answers with the class.
Teacher Convenience Features in these The Supreme Court Worksheets
• The student worksheet formatted to fit on one sheet of paper to minimize copying time.
• The student worksheet is designed to be reusable.
• The optional answer sheet will make grading faster.
• Three different worksheet answer keys are provided to meet multiple needs and uses: fast-grading, class discussion, and teacher reference.
• Two levels of crossword puzzle are provided for differentiated learning. A basic level puzzle provides students with a word bank while a standard level puzzle expects them to recall or research answers on their own.
• Two different crossword puzzle answer keys are provided: one with the words placed correctly on the grid, and one that can serve as an easy-to-use vocabulary reference sheet. I don’t like having to hunt up answers on a grid when reviewing with the class, so in case you don’t either, the vocabulary sheet should prove helpful.
About The Supreme Court Episode 3
Episode 3, “A Nation of Liberties,” covers Supreme Court history and along the way, U.S. history, from 1940 through 1965.
Here is PBS’ summary of the episode:
"Episode 3: A Nation of Liberties focuses on the Court's reaction to state and federal legislation on Bill of Rights freedoms, with special attention to the explosion of civil rights cases from the early 1940s to the present. This program highlights the Warren Court as it confronted the issues of race, gender and religion in the post-war period, when six newly-appointed justices were just beginning to find their way on the Court. Over the next quarter century, the belief in individual freedoms and rights would push the nation, and the Supreme Court, towards a new agenda.”
Looking for a bargain bundle of Supreme Court worksheets?
If you need worksheets for the entire series, you can save money by purchasing them all at once instead of individually. Just go to the link below to see the PBS Supreme Court Worksheet bundle I've created:
PBS Supreme Court Worksheet Bundle -- Entire Series -- Episodes 1-4
Looking instead for more individual episode Supreme Court worksheets:
The links below should help:
The Supreme Court Episode 1 Worksheet
The Supreme Court Episode 2 Worksheet
The Supreme Court Episode 3 Worksheet
The Supreme Court Episode 4 Worksheet
Where to find the PBS series The Supreme Court
The Supreme Court plays occasionally on PBS stations around the country and is also available for purchase on DVD from www.pbs.org. The series can also sometimes be found on streaming services. The best way to ascertain where it might be playing at any given time is to run a Google search or look it up on specific services such as Amazon or Netflix.
For more information on the series, please visit the official website for it at the link below:
The Supreme Court: Official PBS Website
Thanks for reading this far -- Have a great school year!
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