Lesson Plan: Super Awesome Supreme Court Power! G 9-12

Written By: Kristen Kuntz, Educator
Grade Level: Grades 9-12

Time Allotment

One or two 50 minute class periods


The three branches of government are essential to this country. While learning each branch, this lesson will specifically focus on the Judicial Branch and its role in the United States history and future. Also, it will also focus on specific supreme court cases that have had an impact in our nation and in our local area.

Lesson Plan: Super_Awesome_Supreme_Court_Power!_Lesson_.pdf

Subject Matter

Government, Civics, Problems of Democracy, Supreme Court, Judicial Branch

Learning Objectives

Students will understand:
  • The role of the Judicial Branch.
  • The role of the Supreme Court.
  • The role of Supreme Court Justices.
  • Judicial Review, Marbury V Madison, and its importance.
  • Specific Supreme Court Cases.
  • Media Components - Video/Web

  • The Judicial Branch‐ An 18 minute clip that gives a brief overview of what the Supreme Court entails. It also gives information about the other branches (Legislative, Executive) and how they relate to the Supreme Court.
  • The Supreme Court and Marbury V Madison‐ Four minute clip that describes how the case affected the job of the Supreme Court.
  • The Supreme Court Justices ‐ Three minute video on the jobs of the Supreme Court Justices.

  • Web
    Games that link the duties and roles of the Supreme Court and the Supreme Court Justices.
  • Supreme Court Game 1: http://www.prairiepublic.org/education/teachers/media‐resources/activitypacks/
  • Supreme Court Game 2: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/supremecourt/educators/interactives.html
  • Materials

  • Computers with internet access
  • PowerPoint
  • Teacher Preparation

    1. Create a PowerPoint presentation on the Judicial Branch and insert the video clips according to information needed to present to students.
    2. View video clips.
    3. View Supreme Court Games ‐ games can either be played with the whole class or students can complete them individually, or with a partner.

    Introductory Activities

    Ask students questions concerning the Judicial Branch.

    Learning Activities

    Go over powerpoint, with media, and discuss the Judicial Branch. (What it is, why it is, and what does it do, and it’s influence in today’s government.)

    Culminating Activity

    1. Review key points
    2. Supreme court games

    Cross-Curricular Activity

    1. Students could write and present a response to questions. (English)
    2. Students could research state supreme court decisions and how they have impacted that state. (Geography, English)

    Community Connections

    How do Supreme Court decisions reflect in their communities?

    1. Notebook
    2. Computer (Lab)