AND JUSTICE FOR...
The Supremes' Greatest Hits
By Carla Young Garrett. Project-based lessons involve students in a variety of activities that jump off from actual cases on the Supreme Court's 2014 docket. The biggest activity is a moot court in which some students re-argue Obergefell
(same-sex marriage) while other students render verdicts as justices. For ten additional high-profile cases from the term, summaries of the facts, legal arguments, and majority and minority decisions become platforms for five types of activities: legislative (students respond by writing new laws), journalistic (they write articles explaining aspects of the case to the public), debate (applying debate format to issues raised in the cases), presentations (crafting PowerPoint®
presentations that research and explain facets of the cases), and moot courts. The ten additional cases involve Arizona voting district reapportionment, confederate flags on license plates, racial gerrymandering in Alabama, police searches in traffic stops, Texas housing discrimination, the death penalty (Glossip
), healthcare subsidies (King
), religious freedom in prison (Holt
), free speech on the Internet (Elonis
), and employment discrimination based on religion (EEOC
v. Abercrombie & Fitch
). Materials include teacher and student instructions, reproducible handouts, assessment and evaluation rubrics, and relevant Common Core, McRel, Center for Civic Education, and California standards. Grades 9–12. Center for Economic and Civic Education. Approximately 140 pages. ©2016.