Baker v. Carr

Can the federal government override the state government to protect the citizens of the United States? The 1962 Supreme Court case Baker v. Carr outlines the issue of equal protection under the law. Scholars investigate with a short video, paired group work, and reflection questions the difference between judicial restraint and judicial activism under the rights of the Fourteenth Amendment. They create their own opinions and responses to the discussion questions in a final written statement.  

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Classroom Considerations

  • Requires audio and visual technology if assigning the lesson as homework 
Pros

  • Lesson provides printable worksheets and viewing guide for video 
  • Contains guided teacher notes and instructions for classroom use
Cons

  • None