Adult Ed

Supreme Court

Overview | Activities

Overview:

Article III of the U.S. Constitution provides for a Supreme Court and various other courts that Congress might deem appropriate. Through the past two centuries, the Court has helped to keep the balance of power between the other two branches of the federal government and helped to define the rights of citizens.

Target Level: GED

Subject Matter: Social Studies

Grade Level: 6-9



Learning Objectives:

Students will understand:
  • how the Supreme Court is part of the checks and balances/separation of powers established by the U.S. Constitution

  • important cases of the Supreme Court that help define the role of the government in protecting citizens' rights

  • the rights and responsibilities of citizens as defined by the Supreme Court decisions where liberties have been expanded or limited


Standards:

NCSS: Power, Authority, and Governance; Civics, Ideals, and Practices

National Civics Standards:
III. How does government established by the Constitution embody the purpose, values, and principles of the American Democracy?
  1. How are power and responsibility distributed, shared and limited in the government established by the United States Constitution?
    What are the roles of the citizens in American democracy?
  2. What are the rights of citizens?
  3. What are the responsibilities of citizens?
McRel
  • Civics - How does the Government established by the Constitution embody the purposes, values, and principles of American democracy - (the student) understands how the United States Constitution grants and distributes power and responsibilities to national and state governments and how it seeks to prevent abuse of power.

  • Civics - How does the Government established by the Constitution embody the purposes, values and principles of American democracy - (the student) understands the role and importance of law in the American constitutional system and issues regarding the judicial protection of individual rights.

New York State Social Studies Standards
Government 5.1: Analyze the sources of a nation's values as embodied in its constitution, statutes, and important court cases.



Media components


Supplies:
  • Pencils, pens, paper

  • Large sheets of butcher paper and marking pens


Handouts:

Prep for Teachers:
  • Preview all the Activities Procedures and all student handouts

  • Preview the Web sites listed above