Educator Resources for Supreme Decision
Supreme Decision starts inside the Supreme Court, where students learn that student Ben Brewer was suspended for wearing a band t-shirt to school in violation of the school policy. Ben argues that the First Amendment right to freedom of speech gives him the right to wear his t-shirt to school, but the school argues that freedom of speech doesn’t apply if the shirts are becoming disruptive by causing arguments between students. After the oral argument, students find out that the justices are deadlocked, and they must help cast the deciding vote. You can use the Supreme Decision game to help students explore how rights guaranteed by Constitutional amendments can be interpreted.
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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.