United States v. Virginia

The Equal Protection Clause is the focus of an activity that asks class members to examine the Supreme Court case, United States v. Virginia, that considered whether or not the all-male admissions policy of the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) violated the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Extend the discussion of equal right with a reading of Kurt Vonnegut's satirical short story, "Harrison Bergeron" 
Classroom Considerations

  • The DVD of the documentary, available from Duke Law school, must be purchased
Pros

  • The nine-page packet includes a carefully scaffolded plan, links to the documentary, discussion questions, and worksheets
Cons

  • None