Objective: Explain how the Supreme Court has at times allowed the restriction of the civil rights of minority groups and at other times has protected those rights.
Starter: A recent Washington Post poll asked Americans the following question:
"Do you consider yourself to be a strong feminist, a feminist, not a feminist or an anti-feminist?"
What percent of American women responded, "not a feminist"?
1.How accurate was your prediction?
2.What is the big story this information tells about the American opinion of feminism?
3.Why do you think that is?
4.What is one consequence of this?
5.What does the word feminism mean to you?
6.Why do you think women and men have different answers to this question?
7.List two government policies that you believe a feminist would support.
8.How do you think opinions on feminism affected the 2016 presidential election?
9.Using the data from this graph and your knowledge of American politics and history, explain why we have had an African American president, but not a female president.
10.What is the most surprising data from this graph?
11.Describe your reaction to the fact that one third of American men said they were either a feminist or a strong feminist.
12.How do you think age affects people's opinion of feminism?
13.Explain your own answer to: Do you consider yourself to be a strong feminist, a feminist, not a feminist or an anti-feminist?
14.About 1/10 of all Americans had no opinion at all about this question. Explain how someone could not have an opinion about this.
15.What is another big issue that these same 10% of Americans would probably have no opinion on.
16.Which of the following words do you think best describes feminism in the US today; angry, outdated, empowering?
17.Who do you think is the best known feminist in America?
What do the founding documents say about equality?
Civil Rights Vocabulary
The Fourteenth Amendment’s equal protection clause as well as other constitutional provisions have often been used to support the advancement of equality. Public policy promoting civil rights is influenced by citizen-state interactions and constitutional interpretation over time. Today we will introduce some of these key concepts related to efforts to attain civil rights.
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Project: SCOTUS Case in a Box
You will research a landmark Supreme Court case and create a “Landmark Case Box” by bringing in tangible artifacts to represent that case. For example, if your assigned case was Texas v. Johnson (flag burning is protected free speech), you might choose to include a flag, a picture of Reagan, an EMPTY match book (some of these are sensitive issues, if you have to make a judgment call about the appropriateness of an object, you need to run it by Jacobson ahead of time), a typed or handwritten copy of the First Amendment, etc. You will present your case and box to the class. You will work in pairs on this project. Here are the requirements for the presentation:
- You must have at least eight objects in your box. These objects must relate to the case you’re assigned. I recommend using an empty cereal box.
- You must cover and then decorate the outside of your box with illustrations, words/phrases/constitutional clauses, photos, etc., that relate to your case. You must complete a Landmark Supreme Court Case chart with information about your case.
- Glue the chart to one side of the box and use it as a prompt when you present your case to the class. Your classmates will fill in their blank graphic organizers (one for each of the 9 cases) based on the information you present in class.
- You must present the contents of your box to the class. Show each item in the box and explain why it was significant to your case. Be prepared to answer questions from your audience about the case.
- List of Landmark Supreme Court cases:
- Brown v. Board of Education (equal protection under the law)
- Engel v. Vitale (establishment of religion)
- Gideon v. Wainwright (right to counsel)
- Mapp v. Ohio (exclusionary rule)
- McDonald v. Chicago (right to bear arms)
- Miranda v. Arizona (Miranda rights)
- New York Times v. United States (prior restraint)
- Obergefell v. Hodges (same-sex marriage)
- Roe v. Wade (abortion)
- Schenck v. United States (clear and present danger)
- Tinker v. Des Moines (symbolic speech)
- Wisconsin v. Yoder (free exercise of religion)
Closer: To what extent should universities and businesses pursue diversity?
- Make a claim here!
- Support your claim with TWO pieces of accurate and relevant information.
- Use reasoning to explain why your evidence supports your claim.
- Respond to an opposing or alternative perspective.