The Supreme Court: The Importance of Precedent in the Decisions of the Supreme Court

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People often hear the words precedent and Supreme Court together, but why? A resource on the Supreme Court includes a variety of discussion questions, handouts that guide young historians, a video about Nixon and the court system, and methods to check for understanding, such as examples given by pairs working together.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Extend learning by going over more Supreme Court cases that used precedent 
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires the ability to present video and Internet access
  • Takes some prep work to print and distribute handouts
Pros

  • Effectively puts the scholars into a situation where they easily understand the vocabulary word precedent
  • Includes possible answers for the discussion questions
Cons

  • None
Common Core