Friday, May 21, 2010

Order in the Court!

OK, I've probably been watching too much Law and Order or To Kill a Mockingbird one too many times!  But if your classes are studying the Supreme Court and/or the recent appointments, you may be interested in these resources from the Library of Congress.

They provide a collection of documents for the last five nominations, including Harriet Myers, a hotlist of websites related to each nominee, and links to transcripts from the hearings.

It would be interesting to role play the hearings.  Students take various rolls, read a pre-selected set of documents to prepare, then spend a class period or two conducting mock hearings for Elena Kagan. It would be good practice on debate and parliamentary procedure, too.

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