ERIC Number: ED374070
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Constitutional Rights of Juveniles and Students: Lessons on Sixteen Supreme Court Cases.
Long, Gerald P.
This document is a collection of 16 lessons designed for use in United States history and American government courses at the high school level. The lessons are divided into four distinct categories: (1) religion and the Establishment Clause; (2) freedom of expression; (3) due process and other rights of the accused; and (4) equal protection of the laws. Individually each lesson is based upon an actual cases decided by the United States Supreme Court. The lessons are intended to introduce students to basic constitutional principles, especially the need to protect individual liberties in an ordered society. Reenactments of key Supreme Court cases are an effective way to introduce students to constitutional issues. The lessons in this manual are based intentionally on controversies that originated in U.S. classrooms or the juvenile court system. Students tend to have a natural curiosity about cases that focus on young people confronting issues that might be similar to the ones they are currently facing, or interacting in a school environment that is analogous to their own. The use of authentic cases also can help to illustrate that it is possible for ordinary citizens, including students, to initiate actions that ultimately reach the Supreme Court where important precedents that affect millions of people are established. This manual includes suggested teaching approaches, two bibliographies, and a listing of national law-related education resource centers and state coordinators for law-related education. Appendices include the U.S. Constitution, three ERIC digests, and information on the American Bar Association's law-related education resource center. (DK)
Descriptors: Childrens Rights, Constitutional Law, Court Litigation, Due Process, Equal Protection, Freedom of Speech, Government School Relationship, High Schools, Law Related Education, Social Studies, State Church Separation, Student Rights, United States History
ERIC Clearinghouse for Social Studies/Social Science Education, Indiana University, 2805 East Tenth Street, Suite 120, Bloomington, IN 47408-2698.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Students; Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Social Studies/Social Science Education, Bloomington, IN.
Identifiers: Supreme Court