Mini-lesson: Supreme Court Opinions (HS)

Lesson Plan


Students will learn about the types of Supreme Court opinions and the influence of legal precedent. Additionally, this Media Moment Mini-lesson introduces traditional authors of opinion pieces and explores factors that should influence a student’s evaluation of an author’s credibility. Students then evaluate two commentators or authors of choice to judge the value and limitations of their opinions.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

The student will be able to...

  • Define majority, plurality, concurring, and dissenting opinions

  • Describe the impact Supreme Court opinions have on courts and the public

  • Evaluate a commentator’s credentials when deciding how much value to place on a particular news-related opinion

  • Recognize how news-related opinion can contribute to the public conversation