School Improvement in Maryland
Government Lesson Plans
Lesson Plan 5
 
 
Government Lesson Plans
 
. Overview
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Lesson Objectives
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Materials
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Procedures
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Assessment of Indicator

Overview
Core Learning Goal: 1
The student will demonstrate an understanding of the historical development and current status of principles, institutions, and processes of political systems.
Expectation: 2
The student will evaluate how the United States government has maintained a balance between protecting rights and maintaining order.
Indicator: 1.2.1
The student will analyze the impact of Supreme Court decisions on governmental powers, rights and responsibilities of citizens in our changing society.

Assessment Limits:
  • Cases include: Marbury v Madison, McCulloch v Maryland, Plessy v Ferguson, Brown v Board of Education, Miranda v Arizona, Gideon v Wainwright, Tinker v Des Moines Board of Education, and New Jersey v TLO.
  • Other cases will be used but information about the case will be provided in the stem.
  • The immediate or long term impact of achieving “Equal Justice Under the Law”.
In this lesson students will be introduced to the Case Study Method. The case Marbury v Madison will be the demonstration case. Then students will independently analyze the case McCulloch v Maryland.

 
Lesson Objectives
Students will identify the process of writing a case brief.
  Students will analyze the case McCulloch v Maryland.

 
Materials
Overhead Transparency: Case Study Format Sheet
  Government textbook
  Teacher Resource: Analysis of Marbury v Madison
  Teacher Resource: Analysis of McCulloch v Maryland
  Useful websites:
 

 
Procedures
  1. Ask students to interpret the following quote:
    “It is very dangerous doctrine to consider the judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions. It is one which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy.“
    (Thomas Jefferson, letter to W.C. Jarvis, Sept. 28, 1820.)
  2. Review the concept of judicial review. Ask: “How did the court obtain this power ?”
     
  3. Explain to students that today the Case Study Method will be introduced as a tool for summarizing Supreme Court cases. Show a transparency of the handout Case Study Format Sheet and explain the process of writing a case brief.
     
  4. Have students read information on Marbury v Madison from their text or another source. Use the Teacher Resource Analysis of Marbury v Madison to guide students in writing a brief of this case.
     
  5. Instruct students to read information on McCulloch v Maryland from their text or another source. Have them independently write a case brief. Use the Teacher Resource Analysis of McCullough v Maryland to assess student accuracy.

 
Assessment of Indicator
Have students answer these two Brief Constructed Response items:
  • Describe the concept of judicial review.
  • Should the Supreme Court have the power of judicial review? Explain.
  • Include examples and details to support your answers.
  • How did the case McCulloch v Maryland impact the relationship between the federal and state governments?
  • Was the Supreme Court justified in its decision? Explain.
  • Include examples and details to support your answer.
Use the Social Studies Rubric to score student responses.


 
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