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Supreme Court Teaching Resources

C-SPAN's "Supreme Court Week" debuts Sunday, October 4 and October 12, 2009 with an 80-minute original feature documentary, "The Supreme Court: Home to America's Highest Court," which is primarily narrated by the Justices who serve there. "Supreme Court Week" also features exclusive interviews with ten current and retired Justices as well as Supreme Court historians. Supplementary and behind-the-scenes content are available on C-SPAN's video-rich website and through social media platforms Twitter, Facebook, and You Tube. For more information about the feature documentary, log on to the website: http://www.c-span.org/supremecourt

Published by C-Span Classroom in 2009

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Curriculum Information For Resource

Snapshot
Grade Level(s):5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Junior/Community College, University
Curriculum Areas:History/Social Science
Themes/Keywords: Judicial Branch
Justice
Principles of Government
Supreme Court


Essential Question(s)
1. Why is the Supreme Court considered America's highest court?

Discussion Question(s)
1. Where would my case be heard?
2. What is civic life?
3. What is politics?
4. What is government?
5. Why are government and politics necessary?
6. What purposes should government serve?

Extension and Activities
1. Ask students with an index card to stand up. Taking turns, have students read the information on their index card. As a class, decide if their case would be heard in a state or federal court. Have students place their index card on the visual display according to the class decision. After all index cards have been placed on the display, move any index card(s) that is/are displayed incorrectly to it(s) proper location.
2. Discuss the phrase “Equal Justice Under the Law” and the “mysterious nature of the Supreme Court.”


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