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Mini Lesson: Judicial Activism and Restraint

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Scholars analyze the United States judicial branch as it pertains to activism and restraint. They use research to define the roles the courts play while at the same time investigate current events to identify how the media covers those decisions. The investigation leads to open discussion of when the courts should set a new precedent, or keep silent and allow the law to take care of itself. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Classroom Considerations
  • Current event research requires online access or newspapers
  • Serves as one installment of a series of mini-lessons covering the judicial branch
  • Includes printable worksheets and materials for classroom use
  • Gives an extension opportunity with research of the Fourteenth Amendment
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