How Do Judges Interpret the Constitution?

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In this lesson, students explore competing approaches to interpreting the Constitution.

As a result of this lesson, students will be able to explain the basic tenets of the Originalist and the Living Constitution approaches to constitutional interpretation, list several factors that judges consider when interpreting the Constitution, and apply knowledge about constitutional interpretation to critically evaluate Supreme Court opinions.

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This resource was developed with support from the Supreme Court Historical Society.

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