1.)Students will work in pairs and turn in one newsletter. Students will be assigned a landmark Supreme Court case.
2.)Guidelines for newsletter: Using text boxes, write the title of your newspaper with the authors' names underneath the title. (This could reflect students' name.) Make an eye-catching headline.
3.)Write an article that summarizes the case by giving a description, background, basis of the argument before the Court, the constitutional issue involved, and the Court's decision.
4.)Include another article that gives a short biography on one of the justices on the Court at the time of the case. This could be about the Chief Justice, the justice who wrote the majority opinion, or the justice who wrote the dissenting opinion.
5.)Include two pictures in the newsletter. Examples could include pictures of the Supreme Court building, pictures of the justices, or pictures of people or places relevant to the case. One of the pictures may be clipart. A caption should accompany each picture.
6.)Write a brief editorial describing your feelings and reactions on the case. Will it have an effect on you now? In the future?
7.)This website may be useful:
)This site was developed to provide teachers with a full range of resources and activities to support the teaching of landmark Supreme Court cases, helping students explore the key issues of each case.
Marbury v Madison;
Plessy v Ferguson;
U.S. v Nixon;
Brown v Board of Education of Topeka;
Hazelwood School District v Kuhlmeier;
Engel v Vitale;
Gideon v Wainwright;
New Jersey v TLO