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Published on June 17, 2007

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Supreme Court Hearings:  Supreme Court Hearings Quest Academy Palatine, IL An 8th Grade Performance Project Studying the Constitution:  Studying the Constitution Contexts, Content and Applications Objectives: Students will understand the process by which the Supreme Court decides the constitutionality of laws and rulings passed by lower courts Slide3:  Objectives cont.: that this process is part of the Balance of Powers that these decisions impact our everyday lives. Studying the Constitution Why the Nexus?:  Why the Nexus? The nature of the judicial system The complexity of the process The variety of roles The need to allow students to transfer their work to each other directly The need for ongoing communication The need for ongoing assessment Slide5:  Slide6:  As lawyers/reporters Submit cases to the Supreme Court (min. one per student) Arrange yourselves to be plaintiffs (1), defendants (1), lawyers (2 each), and court reporters (3) and prepare to represent the two sides of the case. As Justices Arrange yourselves in seniority and then choose which case to hear Research Constitution and precedents in relation to the case Step one Step two The class will be divided into three groups of nine students each. You will prepare for two cases, taking on different roles simultaneously. Slide7:  Slide8:  Slide9:  Slide10:  Slide11:  -Taylor Twarowski, representing Rev. Dr. Michael A. Newdow, PhD, plaintiff/appellate- Rev. Dr. Michael A. Newdow, a practicing Atheist, contends that it is unconstitutional for the Pledge of Allegiance to contain the phrase 'under God,' and it is a violation of an individual's First Amendment right to freedom of religion without government interference. The First Amendment of the Bill of Rights to the Constitution states 'Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion . . . Slide12:  Slide13:  Slide14:  Slide15:  Slide16:  Karande, K., dissenting Supreme Court of the United States Michael Newdow v. George Bush, United States Congress et al. Decided Nov. 18, 2003 Chief Justice Karande, dissenting from denial of certiorari. (1) This case raises the issue of whether the government can implement and infringe upon the beliefs of another religious system; the system mainly focused upon in this case, is atheism. Slide17:  The case arises in the following circumstances: Michael A. Newdow is an atheist whose daughter attends public elementary school in the Elk Grove Unified School District (EGSUD) in California. In accordance with state law, the school district presents the following rule, '[EGUSD] teachers begin each school day by leading their students in a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.' The California Education Code strictly requires that all public schools in the state begin each school day with 'appropriate patriotic exercises' and 'the giving of the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America.' Summary:  Summary Students were involved in a 'real-world' learning activity. Teachers could give ongoing evaluation and feedback. The Nexus provided the dynamic element to make the Supreme Court Hearings work.

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