Great Supreme Court Simulation Activity

With yesterday’s Red Mass kicking off yet another amazing Supreme Court season I though it might be appropriate to share with you an activity that is adaptable to any level of curriculum in the social studies area.  One of my favorite activities as a teacher of both US History and AP Government and Politics was an activity I called “The Supremes.”  Using some assistance from our library staff I broke the class into three groups… The Justices, and two opposing legal teams.  They researched an actual chosen case that was about to come before the Supreme Court,  they developed their arguments, responses and questions.  After about 2 days of research the students simulated a supreme court case with all the pomp and circumstance of an actual event.  The conversations and learning that occurred in this fun setting was one of the most powerful (and favorite) lessons that I ever had the honor of being part of.

If you are interested in giving it a try (several of you probably already do something similar) I would love to swing over to your class and help you set it up and give you all my materials.

This link highlights the key cases that the Supreme Court has agreed to hear this year great for the simulation or just classroom discussion.

CNN:Big cases await U.S. Supreme Court’s 2011-12 term