To become familiar with the organization, authority, and actions of the Supreme Court.
1 class period
This lesson involves three exciting games (all in the same format) in which the class is divided into two teams. The first game -- How the Supreme Court is Organized -- begins when a member of Team 1 chooses any one of nine questions. The nine questions are arranged in the form of a tic-tac-toe board. That player reads the question aloud and gives an answer. If their answer is correct, all class members will write the word or name in the space and circle the “X” above the question. If a wrong answer is given, the question can be selected again later in the game.
Play continues in the same way with Team 2 taking its turn. A member of Team 2 can pick any question that has not yet been answered correctly. If they give the right answer, everyone will fill in the word or name and circle the “O” above the question.
During the game, Team 1 always has the “X” and Team 2 the “O.” The first team to get three X’s or three O’s in a row –– horizontally, vertically, or diagonally –– wins the game. If neither team is able to get three in a row, then the one with the most right answers out of the nine questions wins Game 1.
Games 2 and 3 are played in the same way. Teams will take turns going first at the beginning of each game.
• Game 1: How the Supreme Court is Organized
• Game 2: Authority of the Supreme Court
• Game 3: The Court in Action
Teacher Instructions and answer key included, along with a 20-question follow up quiz to measure student progress. The quiz can also be given as a homework assignment.