TITLE: Supreme Court Rulings AUTHOR: Rex Hefner, Okemah High School; Okemah, OK GRADE LEVEL: Sophomore/American History Honors and Library Science OVERVIEW: The objective was to familiarize students with the constitution and amendments and to also give an in depth opportunity to utilize the media center resources. PURPOSE: In our changing society it is important for students to be knowledgeable concerning the potential flow of Supreme Court decisions by the high court. OBJECTIVE(s): 1. Demonstrate, through role play, knowledge of which constitutional amendments apply to criminal/civil law. 2. Explain how the constitution affords protection to them. 3. Identify resources that are relevant to their research. RESOURCES/MATERIALS: Library media center (books, fax, computer, fiche etc.) Text books County Law Library County Library Local attorneys ACTIVITIES AND PROCEDURES 1. Students divide into small groups. 2. The groups will be randomly assigned a constitutional amendment. 3. Each group must develop a scenario which will challenge a point with that amendment. (Example: The President must be 35. Does this mean he is 35 when he is running?) 4. They must present their case, as they developed it, either pro or con, as another group sits as judges. 5. The judging group must write an opinion and make a ruling utilizing materials presented, and their own knowledge of the constitution and any research that time would allow. TYING IT ALL TOGETHER: After video taping student presentations, the class will critique each presentation. A local attorney also views and critiques the presentation and offers constructive criticism.
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