Lesson Plan

Courts and Judges

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If the Supreme Court is so supreme, why do all cases not just start there? High schoolers learn why every case does not start at the Supreme Court as well as the importance of hierarchy in the US judicial system in the 11th installment in a series of 20 lessons. A variety of activities create a meaningful learning experience that keeps the class interested and helps create an in-depth understanding of the US Constitution. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Flip the classroom by allowing pupils to complete discussion questions at home through use of video recording or writing in their journals
  • Differentiate for GATE learners by asking them to role play how a case moves from inferior courts to eventually reach the Supreme Court
Classroom Considerations
  • Assumes teachers use the lesson in sequential order to ensure scholars understand the concepts in the unit; however, teaching as a standalone is possible with some additional prep work
  • Comprehension questions and corresponding answer keys make testing for understanding simple
  • Before, during, and after reading activities help scaffold learning so learners do not feel overwhelmed
  • Group work helps create collaborative learning activities 
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