Certiorari: Background, Activity, and Answers

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  • Free lesson plan/activity
  • Format: downloadable Word .docx
  • © 1999 Diana Hess and Louis Ganzler
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Students will learn how the Supreme Court decides which cases to decide through a lesson plan and activity.


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    Certiorari exercise

    Posted by Chris Lorrain on Apr 16th 2020

    This works very well with students; the information is easy to understand [high school seniors] and yet it's fairly complex in its ideas. The activity has always been a popular one for my students - it gets them discussing in ways that really advance everyone's understanding of what is 'cert worthy' and what is not - often, of course, based on opinion but routinely grounded in the reasoning laid out in the assignment.

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    Posted by Unknown on May 31st 2019

    I have used this for my government class for years and I have started to use it as a connecting activity for my Modern World History Class

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    Social Studies

    Posted by Jesse Hargrove on Dec 12th 2018

    Fun and engaging.