The Rendell Center created these interactive lessons to lead students through a simulation of an actual Supreme Court case. Lessons are carefully crafted and allow students to break down complex constitutional issues.

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Each lesson begins with an overview of the facts of the actual case, followed by a brief discussion of the Supreme Court decision. Then, students are asked to take a stand “for or against” the majority decision. Once students have taken sides, they are divided into three groups: Petitioner, Respondent, and Supreme Court Justices. The groups prepare their arguments to be used during the Supreme Court simulation. A group of 9 students are selected to serve as the Justices of the Supreme Court. With support from The Rendell Center, lawyers and judges can be brought in to virtually work with each group. The simulation can be done over several class periods. For the more advanced groups The Rendell Center has developed mock cases that allow the students to apply several constitutional precedents.

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Korematsu v. U.S.

PDF Lesson

 

Korematsu v. U.S.


 

Mahanoy ASD v. B.L.

PDF Lesson

 

Mahanoy ASD v. B.L.


 

Lemon v. Kurtzman

PDF Lesson

 

Lemon v. Kurtzman

 

Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission

PDF Lesson

Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission


 

Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District

PDF Lesson

 

Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District

 

Morse v. Frederick

PDF Lesson

Morse v. Frederick

 

 

Katz v. The United States

PDF Lesson

 

Katz v. The United States

 

Vernonia v. Acton

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Vernonia v. Acton

 

 

Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores

PDF Lesson

 

Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores

 

Heart of Atlanta Motel v. The United States

PDF Lesson

Heart of Atlanta Motel v. The United States

 

 

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Brandenburg v. Ohio

Supreme Court

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First & Fourth Amendment

Supreme Court

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Gideon v. Wainwright

Supreme Court

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New York Times v. Sullivan

Supreme Court

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NFIB v. Sibelius

Supreme Court

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Miranda v. Arizona

Supreme Court

Lesson

Lawrence v. Texas

Supreme Court

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Gibbons v. Ogden

Supreme Court

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Bush v. Gore

Supreme Court

Lesson

Chiafalo v. Washington

Supreme Court

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