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Street Law

By Patricia Monticello Kievlan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Excellent info, activities get kids into SCOTUS case work.

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If you're looking for a site to help you and your kids follow the latest Supreme Court term, look no further: This is your go-to resource for diving deep into SCOTUS's history, impact, and current work. Street Law picks three cases a year to showcase in the SCOTUS in the Classroom part of its Supreme Court Case Materials section. It times its updates with the court's term and supplies a treasure trove of links to related resources to help students and teachers appreciate the content and context of the Court's latest work. Teachers are encouraged to host moot courts during the same week SCOTUS hears oral arguments, so that students will be especially primed to follow stories in the news surrounding SCOTUS's session. There are also detailed instructions for how to set up a moot court (better for the classroom than at home, but still cool) related to the latest Supreme Court case. This is an excellent way to get kids engaged in taking on the arguments at hand in the Supreme Court as they happen, helping kids get an engaging, up-close look at how the court works and what its decisions mean.

Meanwhile, the Landmark Cases site is an excellent standalone resource for learning about key Supreme Court decisions in detail, from their actual language to articles that offer both simple and detailed insights on the decisions' impact and subsequent interpretation. The Resource Library is full of good things, but they can be tougher to sort through, and their accessibility and interest for parents and kids varies widely. It's definitely worth a look to sort through these materials, but the other two sections might be your best bet for accessing instantly usable, high-impact tools for learning about the Supreme Court.

Website Details

  • Subjects: Social Studies : citizenship, government, history, power structures
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning : analyzing evidence, asking questions, problem solving, thinking critically
  • Genre: Educational
  • Topics: History
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Last updated: March 15, 2020

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