Teaching Critical Thinking Creatively
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 Dred Scott v. Sanford. This court case is considered the worst in U.S. History, as it was decided from a very racist point of view. The podcast also discusses people’s relationship with their ancestors and their ancestors’ actions – for good or bad.
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 31 minutes long.
The actual podcast can be found here – http://www.wnyc.org/story/american-pendulum-ii-dred-scott/. 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.
I still plan on using these podcasts with distance learning. Students will be listening outside of class and completing the questions independently.
This file included a Word version (editable) and a PDF version (not editable).
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