Supreme Court Cases On Display

The purpose of this lesson is to have students working in groups of two or three focus of one historical Supreme Court case. Students will understand the process of bringing a case to the Supreme Court, read arguments and discover the importance of this third branch of government. Students will discover the changes these cases made in the lives of people. From their knowledge gained students can determine how the outcome of the court may have affected their life.
Constituting America’s 90 Day Study of the Supreme Court is a resource guide for students. This study supplies many of the important facts and figures of various Supreme Court decisions. There are also intriguing facts, stories, and information about the case itself, the people involved, how the case arrived at the Supreme Court, the ruling of the Court, those in favor and those dissenting. Go to constitutingamerica.org/archives/ to find the 90 Day Study.

The Intrigue of Presidential Elections And Their Constitutional Impact

Do presidential elections really change history? Can one person, so far, really make an impact? Let your students discover the answers to these questions and more by checking out this website from Constituting America. Each presidential election is described.

U.S. Supreme Court: Landmark Decisions and the Justices Who Made Them

“Who cares what old people in black robes say?” As an educator you care. The challenge is how do you get your students excited about Article III of the Constitution. Constituting America has organized 90 Supreme Court cases of influential and history-changing decisions sent from “old people in black robes.” Need a judicial verdict on what you are studying? Find it here. Need a Supreme Court ruling on a current event? Find it here. You get the picture. The material you seek is here. Your challenge should you accept is make it come alive to your students.

Constitution: Analyze – Explore – Music

Objective: Students will engage in a study of the Constitution to learn about the nature and structure of the United States. The Constitution will be analyzed and discussed as a primary source to understand the form of government and principles of the U.S. This lesson provides students an opportunity to explore how the government works and what the Constitution means to them today. Students will create a song to demonstrate understanding of the Constitution and nature of the U.S. government. Note: Constituting America has a song contest teachers may want to integrate with this lesson plan. By Jesse Bluma

Amendment Worth A Thousand Words

With many pictures posted all over every social media platform, the #amendmentworthathousandwords’ overall mission will be to enlighten many of the rights promised to them by the Constitution. By the commencement of this challenge, many will become aware of their rights and what the Constitution does not only for them, but for all Americans as well!

Should the Electoral College Be Reformed?

This deliberation has students view C-SPAN video clips to learn about the history and Constitutional background of the Electoral College. Students will also explore arguments for and against reforming the Electoral College. Using this information, students will develop and argue their position on the question: Should the Electoral College Be Reformed?

What is “Fake News” and How Does It Impact Our Lives?

This deliberation will have students view short video clilps and news articles to analyze the effect of fake news on traditional media outlets, the reasons and incentives for purveyors of “fake news,” and provide students with resources to strengthen their media literacy skills. Students will use this information to develop strategies to identify “fake news” and improve their news literacy.