Activity Idea: Discuss the important Supreme Court cases as a class. Have each student choose one case that resonates with them to write about in their journal. They should write a summary of the case in their own words and then explain why they think it is important to US citizens and US law. Later, have students leave a comment on another student's case entry describing why they agree or disagree with the student's opinion. Find a list of landmark Supreme Court decisions here.
Tip: Students can use the Note tool, or use the Add File tool to import their essay from the device, Google Drive, or Dropbox. They could also use the Voice Recorder tool to describe why they think their chosen court case is important. Before letting students comment, discuss what a "good" comment looks like as a class. Check out Common Sense Media's Digital Citizenship Curriculum if you need a starting point.
Supports Common Core: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.1.D, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.11-12.1.D: Respond thoughtfully to diverse perspectives, summarize points of agreement and disagreement, and, when warranted, qualify or justify their own views and understanding and make new connections in light of the evidence and reasoning presented.CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.2, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.2: Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.