Showing posts with label Supreme Court. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Supreme Court. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

An Interactive Timeline of the U.S. Supreme Court

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This evening I found myself browsing through the lesson ideas on C-SPAN Classroom when I discovered an interactive timeline of important cases and other significant events in the history of the U.S. Supreme Court. The timeline was built on the Dipity platform which allows you to include video clips and images with each event on your timeline. The C-SPAN Supreme Court timeline includes videos of scholars talking about the significance of some of the cases included in the timeline. I've embedded the timeline below.



Applications for Education
C-SPAN Classroom has a detailed lesson plan that utilizes the C-SPAN Supreme Court timeline. The lesson plan is designed to help students learn how the rulings in landmark cases have impacted civil rights and liberties, Federalism, and the Presidency over the course the history of the United States. You may have to be a member of C-SPAN Classroom to view the lesson plan (membership is free), but the timeline can be viewed by anyone.

Monday, October 3, 2011

What's Happening on Wall Street? - CNN Student News

This morning's edition of CNN Student News is packed with summaries of the weekend's news stories. Today's episode starts off with the story of the US drone strike that killed one of leaders of Al-Qaeda. The episode then moves on to cover the Supreme Court's fall docket. Finally, the third big story reviews protests on Wall Street. The episode is embedded below. You can read the show transcript here.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Supreme Court Case to Grab Your Students' Attention

Yesterday, the US Supreme Court announced that it is going to hear a case this fall regarding California's ban on the sale of violent video games to minors. At issue in the case is whether or not the ban on sale of violent video games to minors is a violation of First Amendment freedom of speech rights. Learn more about this story in today's episode of CNN Student News and in this article from Reuters.



Applications for Education
As many students will may have some passionate feelings about this case, it could be a great conversation starter in a Civics class or be used in a debate competition.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Our Courts - Interactive Lessons on US Civics
EL Civics - Civics Lessons for ESL Students
Connecting Social Studies and Art Through Video

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The Importance of Supreme Court Nominations

Today's episode of CNN Student News leads off with a segment about President Obama's selection of Sonia Sotomayor for Supreme Court Justice. The segment explains why the appointment of Supreme Court Justice is so important to the US government. Last week I posted a list of lesson plan resources for teaching about the Supreme Court and the branches of government. You may want to take a look at that list after watching the video embedded below.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Lesson Plans for Teaching About the Supreme Court

US Supreme Court Justice David Souter recently announced that he plans to retire. President Obama will soon have to appoint Souter's replacement whose nomination will then have to be confirmed by the Senate. Today's episode of CNN Student News contains a segment explaining what makes the appointment of a new Supreme Court justice such a serious matter. The video is embedded below. Scroll down past the video to find links to lesson plans for teaching about the Supreme Court and the three branches of government.


EDSITEment has two lesson plans related to the purpose and functions of the Supreme Court. The first lesson plan is about the system of checks and balances that exists in US government and the role that the Supreme Court plays in that system. The second lesson plan on EDSITEment is an in-depth exploration of the concept of Judicial Review. This lesson plans uses the case of Dred Scott v. Sanford to learn about how a case moves through the judicial system up to the Supreme Court.

The New Deal Network, which is a great place to find resources about th Great Depression, FDR and the New Deal, has four lesson plans dealing with FDR's reorganization of the judiciary.

If you're teaching in an elementary school or middle school environment, Mr. Donn's website offers a good collection of lesson plans and games for learning about the three branches of government.