Judicial Review and Marbury v Madison

The Supreme Court case Marbury v. Madison may not be widely recognized but the landmark case is particularly significant because it established the precedent for judicial review and that the Supreme Court had power as an interpreter of the Constitution. Learners watch six clips in which legal scholars discuss the significance of the case and then respond to eight questions about the case.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Have groups research current Supreme Court judges to determine whether they favor a strict reading or an interpretation of the Constitution
Classroom Considerations
  • The language in the clips is sophisticated and some viewers will need additional scaffolding to understand the nuances of the discussions
  • Although designated for middle schoolers, the resource is more appropriate for high school government classes
Pros
  • Includes a drag and drop vocabulary activity
Cons
  • Several of the videos end with the speaker in mid-sentence
  • Questions 4 and 5 on the worksheet are identical