Analyze how landmark Supreme Court decisions maintain the rule of law and protect minorities.
About These Resources
- Express Unpopular Views:
Snyder v. Phelps (military funeral protests)
Johnson v. Texas (flag burning)
- Participate in the Judicial Process:
Batson v. Kentucky (race and jury selection)
J.E.B. v. Alabama (gender and jury selection)
- Exercise Religious Practices:
Church of the Lukumi-Babalu Aye, Inc. v. City of Hialeah (controversial religious practices)
Wisconsin v. Yoder (compulsory education law and exercise of religion)
- Access to Education:
Plyer v. Doe (immigrant children)
Brown v. Board of Education (separate is not equal)
Cooper v. Aaron (implementing desegregation)
How to Use These Resources
- Teachers/lawyers and students read the case summaries and questions.
- Participants prepare presentations of the facts and summaries for selected cases in the classroom or courtroom.
- Examples of presentation methods include lectures, oral arguments, or debates.
In the Classroom or Courtroom
Teachers/lawyers, and/or judges facilitate the following activities:
- Presentation: rule of law overview
- Interactive warm-up: opening discussion
- Teams of students present: case summaries and discussion questions
- Wrap-up: questions for understanding
- Program Times: 50-minute class period; 90-minute courtroom program.
Timing depends on the number of cases selected. Presentations maybe made by any combination of teachers, lawyers, and/or students and student teams, followed by the discussion questions included in the wrap-up.
- Preparation Times:
- Teachers/Lawyers/Judges: 30 minutes reading
- Students: 60-90 minutes reading and preparing presentations, depending on the number of cases and the method of presentation selected.
- Courthouse Venue: If the teacher would like to have a federal judge preside over the presentations, use the court locator to find the nearest local courthouse.