Teaching Critical Thinking Creatively
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Social Studies – History, Government, U.S. History
10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Lesson Plans (Individual), Worksheets, Handouts
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Radiolab recently released a series of podcasts relating to Supreme Court decisions. I’ve always loved Radiolab. They play with sound and story in a way that’s incredibly intriguing, I was instantly hooked with More Perfect. Supreme Court decisions can seem rather dry and mundane to students, however, “More Perfect” investigates the “why” behind Supreme Court decisions, and ultimately brings them to life.
This podcast discusses jury selection and the implicit biases inherent in that process. It specifically deals with the cases Batson v. Kentucky and Foster v. Chatman.
Directions: These questions can be answered in class or as a homework assignment. Students will most likely need to pause the podcast to have time sufficient time to write down their answers. The podcast is approximately 48 minutes long, however, there is a short introduction and an ending that could be cut if necessary.
I still plan on using these podcasts with distance learning. Students will be listening outside of class and completing the questions independently.
The actual podcast can be found here – http://www.wnyc.org/story/object-anyway
This link also includes other primary sources, including interviews and Supreme Court cases if you want students to conduct further research.
I highly suggest discussing student reflections and reactions after listening to the podcast. In a pinch, these questions could also be provided to a substitute.
This file included a Word version (editable) and a PDF version (not editable).
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