Explore timely resources on the Supreme Court, which returned on the first Monday in October, and on legislative redistricting. For Hispanic Heritage Month, check out a lesson from What So Proudly We Hail, which offers a literature-based curriculum.

Scotus in the Classroom

This school year, Street Law will provide timely teaching materials on three of the most newsworthy and classroom-relevant Supreme Court cases being argued. The first cases, Trump v. IRAP and Trump v. Hawaii, were scheduled to be argued on Oct. 10. On September 24, President Trump issued a proclamation that revised and expanded the ban on travel from certain countries. On September 25, the Supreme Court canceled the oral argument and asked the parties to submit new, written briefs on “whether, or to what extent, the Proclamation issued on September 24, 2017, may render [these] cases … moot.” Street Law’s summary of these cases, which address the question of whether the “travel ban” violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, is available for teachers who want to explore this topic.

For more resources on the Supreme Court, go here.

Redistricting: The Case of the Curious Gerrymander

Do voters pick their elected officials or do the elected officials select their voters? This lesson from the Youth Leadership Initiative introduces the concept of redistricting as vaguely defined by the Constitution and asks participants to assess the effectiveness of that definition in light of current Supreme Court cases and evidence from past elections. Students will interpret maps, look at data, and experiment with various redistricting options.

For more resources on redistricting, go here.

Lesson Plan for Aria: A Memoir of a Bilingual Childhood by Richard Rodriguez

This lesson from What So Proudly We Hail is designed to be used in a unit on immigrant experiences or integration of peoples, but it can easily be adapted for general discussions on characterization and character changes in a story. The son of Mexican immigrants, Richard Rodriguez grew up in a mixed-race neighborhood in California. In this opening chapter of his autobiography, Hunger of Memory, Rodriguez describes the tensions of navigating the Spanish-speaking world of his home and the English-speaking world of school.

For more resources on Hispanic Heritage Month, go here.

News in the Network

  • Bill of Rights Institute: Entries for the We the Students Essay Contest are now being accepted. Learn more.
  • NCSS Conference: Start planning your schedule with these great sessions from CRN partner organizations. Learn more.
  • ConSource: The Harlan Institute and ConSource are accepting applications for their sixth annual Virtual Supreme Court Competition for high school students. Learn more.