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CRHS_USGovtPol 12 Amendment & SCOTUS Case Analysis_Team: 1. Task Definition

Understand your Responsibilities

STEP 1:  TASK DEFINITION

Ask, "What's the task?  What types of information do I need?"

Think about the final product you will need to create, and consider what special requirements you need to follow! 

 

For Your Reference

Click HERE to access a list of Supreme Court Cases related to various Amendments.  (Choices for your research and analysis.)

Task Details for Your Project

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Amendment & Supreme Court Case Analysis & Presentation

Project Overview

In groups of 3-4 choose one of the following topics to investigate. Each group must explain 3-4  Supreme Court cases using the case study format below. Research should be done in and outside of class. A single presentation should be created and all members should be responsible for one of the cases.

What to include on your powerpoint (case study format):

  • Name of Case/ Court deciding/ Date

  • Cases must be presented in chronological order

  • The cases listed under your Amendment that are in bold must be in the presentation

  • What is the case about?  Facts, people or parties involved, government action that is challenged.

  • What is the issue in the case?  What is the legal question the court must decide.

  • What are the arguments presented by both sides of the case?  Explain each.

  • How would your group decide the case? Why?

  • Ask the class how they would decide.

  • How did the U.S. Supreme Court rule and why?  Were there dissenting opinions?  Concurring opinions?

  • Explain what impact has this case has on the rights of citizens

 

Weekly Schedule

What is due after each week of work time!

Week 1: Getting organized

  • Form your group of 4 people.
  • Choose the amendment/topic of focus.
  • Select 4 cases that are related to the amendment.
  • Assign 1 case per person.
  • Name of Case/ Court deciding/ Date
  • Research the amendment
  • Take notes on the meaning/intent of the amendment.
  • CREATE SLIDES 1-3 for your group

Week 2: Research your case

  • Begin research with the helpful resources in this LibGuide:
    • What is the case about?  
    • Facts, people or parties involved
    • Government action that is challenged
    • List the issue that is raised in the case
  • CREATE SLIDES 1 & 2 for YOUR CASE

Week 3: Oral Arguments

  • Listen to (or read the transcript of) the oral argument for your case.
  • Take notes on both sides.
  • Provide a summary of the arguments on BOTH sides of the case.
  • You should have 4-6 bullet points for the each side of the case.
  • CREATE SLIDE 3 & 4 for YOUR CASE

Week 4: Explain the cases with group members

  • Discuss the cases with your group.
  • Explain the background of the case and the arguments presented on both sides of all of the cases for your group.
  • Make sure that all of your group members understand the details of the cases and discuss how each of you would decide the case if you were on the court.   
  • CREATE SLIDES 5 & 6 for YOUR CASE

Week 5: Find a news clip that is related to your amendment

  • Find a news event/clip to add to your presentation.
  • This clip must relate to the amendment you are presenting on and be current.
  • CREATE THE LAST SLIDE for the GROUP

Week 6: Finishing & clean up of all format/slides etc...

  • Work together to blend all slides together.
  • Take each person’s individual work and make 1 presentation.
  • Make sure that all cases are presented in chronological order