How do United States Supreme Court decisions reflect the function of the American judicial system and provide examples of judicial review?
The Learning Network: Teaching and Learning with The New York Times has a lesson plan on the qualities needed by a Supreme Court Justice, focusing on Elena Kagan. Find it here.
The Learning Network also features a news article about the confirmation of Elena Kagan and includes questions for students to answer. Find it here.
Click here for the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary’s nomination of Elena Kagan to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Includes a webcast of the proceeding.
Scholastic News has an article on Associate Justice Elena Kagan with photos, titled “Meet the Newest Supreme Court Justice,” here.
BACKSTORYRADIO.ORG provides a podcast and transcript of a broadcast called “Scales of Justice: A History of Supreme Court Nominations.”
THE FEDERAL JUDICIARY
The official Web site of the Federal Judiciary includes information regarding the judges, court locations, and administrative procedures of Circuit Courts, District Courts, and the Supreme Court.
This student-targeted Web site is a collaboration of NPR’s “Justice Talking” program and the New York Times Learning Network. The site contains a guide to the U.S. Constitution, numerous lesson plans, audio archives of past “Justice Talking” programs, and interactive timelines for each of the 27 Constitutional amendments.
LANDMARK SUPREME COURT CASES
This web site is a collaboration between the Supreme Court Historical Society and Street Law, has extensive resources for teachers regarding 17 landmark Supreme Court cases.
THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES — CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES
The Web site of the National Archives has high-resolution images of key US documents, as well as all subsequent amendments, available for download. The site also features historical information about the Constitution’s ratification and a Q & A page with facts about the Constitution.
This comprehensive site contains multiple resources for each of hundreds of cases organized by topic — including case abstracts, audio of the oral arguments, and links to the full opinions. The site also contains a virtual tour of the Supreme Court building.
THE SUPREME COURT HISTORICAL SOCIETY
The SCHS is dedicated to the collection and preservation of the history of the Supreme Court. The Web site includes photos and biographies of all justices to have served on the Court, Court trivia, and historical documentary features on Court decisions.
SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES
This is the official government site of the Supreme Court. The web site features the Court’s current docket, opinions and transcripts of oral arguments from the last several terms, and more.
This site lists a few education activity ideas as well as objectives in criminal justice fields such as analyzing crime statistics, juvenile justice and overcrowding in U.S. prisons.
This lesson plan is aimed to get students to understand the plea bargaining system in the U.S. with objectives including determining the pros and cons of accepting plea bargains and considering what they may decide in a similar situation.
This site focuses on learning more about forensic science with lessons and activities that enable students to get hands on and learn the procedures required to conduct blood and hair analysis as well as DNA fingerprinting.
This lesson involves teaching students what constitutes a juvenile offender, having students explore the various ways of treating young offenders, and getting them to understand the ways of the juvenile justice system.
This lesson plan focuses on teaching students about the trial process with objectives such as the purpose of trial procedure, the roles and terms used within trial procedures, the steps involved with a trial and more.
This entry focuses on activities that can be useful in educating high school students on criminal justice foundations such as mock trials and other projects aimed at learning more in the criminal justice field.
This lesson plan is aimed at introducing students to the U.S. Constitution with information, a question and answer period, as well as participation in a class discussion.
The purpose of this lesson plan is to provide students with an understanding of their rights and responsibilities when it comes to crimes in our society as well as the importance of crime prevention.
This lesson is designed to help students understand how the Supreme Court works, review facts of Supreme Court cases, understand judiciary powers, and more.
In this lesson plan, students will explore the importance of the Supreme Court and Supreme Court cases and decisions to understand the structure and function of the Court as well as discuss recent Supreme Court rulings.