By Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer & Chief Marketing Officer, Curriki
President Donald Trump’s nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch for the U.S. Supreme Court is sparking a lively debate. It comes after Republicans refused to consider then-President Barack Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland for the seat vacated by when Antonin Scalia passed away February 2016.
But all this news about the Supreme Court provides a great opportunity for social studies teachers and homeschoolers to really dive into teaching their students about the Judicial Branch of the Federal Government. Fortunately, Curriki has a comprehensive collection of resources that support teaching and learning about the US Supreme Court.
In Crash Course: Supreme Court, PBS offers a fun video that helps us understand how a case makes it to the Supreme Court.
You’ll also find on this page:
- Link to the Supreme Court website
- Biographies of Current Justices
- Timeline of Supreme Court Developments
- Interactive Game: Talking About My Constitution
- Interactive Game: Supreme Court Concentration
- Classroom Interactive: A Day in the Life
- Sandra Day O’Connor, First Woman of the Supreme Court
In Supreme Court Activity, students do a simulation of a Supreme Court deliberation that introduces them to the difficult role of the courts balancing individual rights and public safety when national security is threatened.
Supreme Court Cases delves into the significance and outcomes of major Supreme Court cases and how they affect society.
The Challenge of Selecting an Ideal Supreme Court Nominee Government helps us understand the challenge a president faces in finding a judge to nominate who will be attractive enough to both parties to be confirmed.
Supreme Court Nominations teaches the fundamentals of Supreme Court Justice nominations and helps students understand the politics behind the nominations; challenges students to cut through the politics and compare nominees’ judicial philosophies.
The Supreme Court’s Role in American Society helps students understand the history and role of the Supreme Court, particularly in light of famous court rulings and the make-up of the court.
Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer & Chief Marketing Officer, leads and manages all of Curriki’s content development, user experience and academic direction. Learn more at Curriki.org.