Engage your students in this interactive lesson that asks students to become the Supreme Court. Using two real Supreme Court cases, students, working in small groups, weigh the arguments of both sides and then create a decision. The two cases included in this lesson plan involve the role of third parties and the restrictions on such in American elections. Case handouts include basic arguments for both sides and the facts of the case; "questions to consider" are embedded within to foster critical thinking as students seek to decide the case. A lesson plan is included with student handouts as well as a "What Really Happened" answer sheet for the teacher.
Need help introducing third parties to your students? Check out the PowerPoint lecture Third Parties in America: An Overview of the Party System
Looking for assessment ideas on your voting and elections unit? Check out the amazing group activity Improving American Elections and Voting: A Project-Based Learning Experience
. Needing something more traditional? See many different options with the Elections and Voting in America Test Bank