Analyzing McCulloch v. Maryland

What happened in the Supreme Court case of McCulloch v. Maryland? The resource teaches the specifics of the case with a video and provided discussion questions covering issues such as precedent and the Supreme Court as an equal branch of the government. Pupils also engage in a class activity where they work in groups to contrast and present news stories.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Teach the lesson in a unit on Supreme Court cases
  • Flip the class by assigning some of the discussion questions as homework
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires some prep work, including printing handouts on different-colored paper, coming up with prompts, and predetermining scholar groups if applicable
Pros

  • Provides a guide for answering questions from the video
  • Includes an idea for homework to help check for comprehension
Cons

  • None