Bring the Supreme Court and Constitutional Amendments to life by students role playing the Supreme Court justices and deciding on real-life Supreme Court cases. Students read the case, discuss in groups and write their opinion on the case on how the court should vote. After students give their decision, the instructor shares official Supreme Court opinions and discusses what the law of the land is based on the Supreme Court's opinion. This lesson is great for in-class debates and discussions on Constitutional Law & Amendment rights in schools. This lesson is interesting and relevant to students because it uses school and teen related cases. My students are surprised and shocked by their rights (or lack of rights) in school. Constitutional Law and Amendments come to life when students take an active role in interpreting the Constitution. Put critical thinking skills and take students to the top of blooms when analyzing these cases.
The lesson includes 25 Supreme Court case summaries and results. 6 Short answer or essay questions. Instructions on how to run the lesson.
Cases that involve the following: Should teachers be able to paddle? What type of free speech is protected and what type is not? What 4th amendment rights do they have in school? Should the Amish have to attend high school? What role can religion play in public schools? Can a student sue the school for failing to educate? These and many more questions are answered.
This has become the best way for me to introduce and cover the Supreme Court, Constitutional rights and the Bill of Rights. Adjust this lesson to make as short or long as you want.