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Fifth Amendment: Miranda and Teens

This activity explores the Supreme Court decision in J.D.B. v. North Carolina. In this case, the Supreme Court was asked to decide if the age of a child subjected to police questioning is also relevant to custody determinations spelled by the Miranda warnings. Participants will analyze the the Supreme Court case and apply it to a fictional scenario involving a high school student and shoplifting.

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These resources are designed to use in the classroom, courtroom or for individual learning. Follow the sequence below to complete the activity.

In the Classroom or Courtroom

  1. Participants prepare presentations of the facts and case summary.
  2. Read the fictional teen scenario and apply J.D.B. v. North Carolina to it.
  3. Use critical thinking skills and share reflections on the discussion questions.
  4. Use the worksheet and answer key to determine if the requirements that would entitle the two boys to a Miranda warning were met.