Students will gain an understanding of civil rights Supreme Court cases that helped to transform the move away from the oppression of minority groups and move towards equality for all. This project was developed as a part of the Creating Lessons Using Transformative Technology - Platteville Public Schools OER grant.
Most socially significant issues from America's past were brought before the nation's courts. Subject introduces the themes and events of American law since 1787, focusing on three recurring themes in American public life: liberty, equality, and property. Readings consist mostly of original court cases, especially from the US Supreme Court. Subject also focuses on the historical connections between cases and broader social, political, and cultural trends.
This is a guided packet used with my Yearbook Publication class. It was designed to specifically meet standard RI.11-12.8, which is asking for students to read, understand, and evaluate legal reasoning used in US Supreme Court cases. The cases students are required to look at in this packet are cases specifically related to student journalism and student press rights ( and ). It is used as a guided Internet search to supplement the information presented in the journalism textbook.
Think that the Supreme Court doesn't apply to your day-to-day life? Think again!The decisions the Court makes today, as well as its decisions in the past, have a real and lasting impact on the way Americans live their lives.This activity describes 10 situations encountered in the daily life of an American teen. Take a look at each scenario, and then choose the related Supreme Court decision that directly impacts our rights and freedoms as citizens of the United States.