Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum
Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum
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the Lesson: Activity 4
Activity 4: Large Group Discussion
After the Justices announce their decision, open the floor to a full-class assessment of both the decision and the process. Kristen Borges began this discussion by reiterating the rules for such a discussion (No one talks while someone else is talking. Criticize ideas, not people). She also used the technique of asking each group to critique the performance of the other group.
For homework, assign a five-paragraph essay in which students state their personal opinion of the case, provide evidence that supports their opinion, and discuss the impact their decision would have on society. Distribute and discuss the Instructions for Supreme Court Opinion Essay and the Scoring Sheet for Final Essay for this assignment.