In this document-based lesson, students will investigate the impact of the Marshall Court on American jurisprudence and on the separation of powers. Students will get to play the role of Supreme Court justice and evaluate real cases with relevant founding documents. Here is a run-down of what you can expect:
1. Lesson Plan - My lesson plan includes content standards addressed (specific to SC but translate easily to other states), daily objectives, key points, and end-of lesson assessment questions to gauge student mastery. I use Google Forms for my quizzes, but you could copy and paste these questions to any assessment format.
2. PowerPoint Presentation - My PowerPoint presentation guides you through the lesson, and you could easily modify to guide students through the lesson as well. It includes framing content, the historical question for the day, and notes and related visuals for students after they've examined the question on their own.
3. Documents - I've included the 3 scenarios grounded in three landmark cases that students will consider and the 2 excerpts from founding documents that students will use to decide their assigned case. Individually or in groups, students will read their assigned case and then use the assigned founding documents to render a verdict. Once time is up, consider each case in front of students once more and facilitate a debate / discussion in which students cite specific evidence from the documents and consider the claims of other students. See the PPT Presentation for a visual anchor that displays how students could present this outline, but you could adjust this to fit your preferences. We use big whiteboards, but you could easily adapt this to an essay or individual outline.
4. Note-Taking Template - For most of my lessons, I include the template that students used for that specific lesson to take notes. For this lesson, there is NO template. I required students to take notes directly into their notebooks. The notes themselves can be found in the PowerPoint presentation, and they are aligned to the key points outlined in the lesson plan.
Another entire lesson for you to tweak and execute!
*Pro Tip: Instead of giving each student a handout of the documents, I will oftentimes make 30 copies and cut the documents out. Each student receives a stack of the documents and can manipulate them into different piles. Great for hands-on thinkers and learners! Also, it cuts down on paper use because you can re-use the documents for each of your classes!