Three resources to get us started:
1. John Oliver rips apart the Supreme Court's ruling on Shelby County v. Holder
3. Current Supreme Court Justices (you can typically tell what their political affiliation is based on which President appointed them). Obama appointed Merrick Garland to replace Antonin Scalia who recently passed away
Ashley's apology for sub-par teaching methods the past week
Mea culpa. It is the first time either Lori or I have taught Voting Rights and between gathering resources, and learning the content ourselves, we haven't had much time left over for thinking creatively about how to design lessons. So I get that it has been a bit dry. That said, I firmly believe this topic is SO important. It is not only one of if not THE biggest pieces of Civil Rights legislation and Supreme Court ruling but it also has the potential to dramatically impact you all as soon-to-be voters. Moreover, being able to read dense legal language as we've done is an important skill and will enable you to better decipher ballot measures and other laws. LASTLY, Lori and I both felt that by using the VRA of 1965 as a case study, you'd be able to better understand the way the three branches work and thus will be more successful moving into Model Senate.
That said, moving forward, what types of class activities would you like to see me try to incorporate more?
Shelby County V. Holder Supreme Court Ruling Review- 10 minutes
Review the reading from the end of class yesterday on the Shelby County v. Holder Supreme Court ruling. So, we've spent a good deal of time looking at the legislative branches role in VRA (passed all those Amendments) and now the Supreme Court (Judicial Branch) role in striking down Section 4 of the VRA.
As you review, make sure you've summarized the main arguments of your assigned "sides" opinion AND selected the most powerful quote.
Sharing Out Your Research
Get together with someone who had the other opinion. Share notes--make sure you understand both arguments! Now answer the following questions:
*********Transition to States' responses to Shelby County v. Holder*************
Mini-discussion: What do you think we should be more concerned with today? Voter fraud or voter suppression?
*Voter fraud means people trying to rig elections, cast votes for dead people or vote more than once, or miscount ballot.
*Voter suppression means restricting people's access to vote or preventing minority group's opportunities to elect a representative.
State Responses to Shelby v. Holder
Choose ONE of the following media options. This may be completed individually or in pairs:
Test Prep Time
Here are the assessment tasks you'll face on next Tuesday's test:
NEED MORE RESOURCES FOR THE ESSAY? Check this out! A bunch of short op-eds from various opinions! http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2013/02/24/is-the-voting-rights-act-still-needed
Study Stations (Options A-F below)
A. ESSAY: Thesis Statement Workshop
B. VRA Checks and Balances
List all the different checks that happened between legislative and judicial branch for the VRA. HINT: Look at the amendments! Not everything is here, but some is!
C. Branch Powers
Create flashcards for different powers
D. Checks and Balances Scenarios
For each of the following scenarios, tell me:
E. Scenarios for 3 Branch checks/balances
HOMEWORK: Study for TEST next TUESDAY!!! See above for study guide and strategies.
Humanities teacher at Animas High School