bias. – Analyze the reliability of sources for accurate use of facts,
adequate support of statement and date of publication.
History (The U.S. in the 20th century) Analyze the origins, major
developments, controversies and consequences of civil rights movements
with emphasis on Brown v. Board of Education.
Government (Rules and Laws) - Examine the U.S. Constitution as a living
document by analyzing its evolution through amendments and Supreme
Court decisions including: Plessy v. Ferguson, Brown v Board of Education
and Regents of the University of California v. Bakke.
Back row (left to right) Breyer, Thomas, Ginsburg, Alito
Front row (left to right) Kennedy, Stevens, Roberts, Scalia, Souter
The Supreme Court is not a bunch of stuffed shirts looking at law books all day. Without them our lives would be very different. The idea of “liberty and justice for all” would be unthinkable without the Supreme Court. Over the past two centuries the Supreme Court has been the main reason for the longevity of our Constitution and our government. Without “The Court”, the Constitution would only be available to the strictest of interpretations. With “The Court”, our Federal Government has been receptive to the changes that come with history. If it were not for “The Court”, the civil liberties that you and I enjoy on a daily basis would not be present. We would not know the freedom of speech, expression, or assembly that we know today. You might not have the right to an attorney, a fair trial, or the right to go to any school. In this Webquest you will discover the roots of some of our nation’s most famous court cases to be heard before the Supreme Court.
Task or what do we have to do?
You and your partner will briefly go through each of the Supreme Court cases listed. Pick three that you would be interested in researching. Then I will go around and assign each group one case to research (hopefully one you are interested in). Now the real task begins. You will obtain information through a number of websites, develop a newsletter and make a presentation to the class. Each of you will have specific roles.
Researcher 1 1. Research the case on the web.
Show no bias, just the facts.
Write a description (summary) of the case,
Include the year it went in front of the court.
Write an article about the amendments that are being focused on. (Do not just say the fifth amendment- tell us what the fifth amendment is)
An article on the opinion or the decision of the court. What did they decide? Also tell us about the dissenting opinion if it was controversial.
Researcher 2 1. You will give your opinion of the court case. Remember this is your opinion and it is okay if others do not agree with it. Make sure the readers understand the case and your thoughts.
2. You will write a biography about the justice that wrote the opinion of the court case. (Our justices can be rather interesting people.)
3. You will find images to use in a newsletter and also find extra “filler” to use. This could be political cartoons, vocabulary words, puzzles…
1. Make a newsletter in Publisher. 2 pages is usually what it takes but some can be longer. Include the articles, biographies, editorial and pictures. Also you must include headlines and by lines. Optional information could include vocabulary lists for new words, other cases in front of the Supreme Court today. Make it creative, easily readable, and full of important information.
Process or how do we do it?
Follow the links below to research your case. Gather information on the facts of the case, the issue confronting the court and the decision of the court. Remember this is not a long research paper, a newsletter should be much shorter and to the point.
Write the articles, biography, editorial and acquire a few pictures. Filler is to be used just to fill up the newsletter. Make a rough draft of what your newsletter will look like.
Begin the newsletter. Have a title, date, headlines and by lines. If you have more room add your extras.Extras could include cartoons, crosswords… as long as they are about the court case.