Mini-lesson: Supreme Court Opinions (HS)
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.
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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
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