Educator Resources for Supreme Decision
Supreme Decision starts inside the Supreme Court, where players learn that a student named Ben Brewer was suspended for wearing a band t-shirt to school in violation of school policy. Ben argues that the First Amendment right to freedom of speech gives him the right to wear his t-shirt to school. However, the school argues that freedom of speech doesn’t apply if the shirts are becoming disruptive by causing arguments between students. After the oral arguments, players find out that the justices are deadlocked, and that they have to help cast the deciding vote. They gather evidence and help the Court reach its final decision.
In this lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades 3-12, students use BrainPOP resources to explore the powers of government set forth in the Constitution and the fundamental liberties ensured by the Bill of Rights. Students then use interactive online game play to explore how rights guaranteed by Constitutional amendments can be interpreted differently by different people. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards. See more »