Gideon’s Trumpet

Lewis, Anthony Publication date: Publisher: Flesch–Kincaid 11 Description Gideon’s Trumpet tells the story behind the landmark case of Gideon v. Wainwright. This case deals with the Supreme Court’s decision on what is now considered a Constitutional right. This case is heavily covered on the AP exam and is also relevant to the Virginia Standards of […]

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Essential Supreme Court Decisions: Summaries of Leading Cases in U.S. Constitutional Law

Vile, John Publication date: Publisher: Flesch–Kincaid 13.2 Description This text is a compilation of different Supreme Court cases, along with an introduction to the cases and the judicial branch. Different cases are discussed in each chapter based on their root issue. The decisions of the Court are given in a standard review technique used by […]

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U.S. Constitution, Article III

Madison, James Publication date: Publisher: Flesch–Kincaid 18.7 Description One text that the students will encounter for this unit will be the United States’ Constitution. Students will be reading Article III, which creates and defines the role of the judicial branch of government and sets up the Supreme Court. They will interact with this as a […]

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Do we want a ventriloquist act in the Supreme Court?

, Unknown Publication date: Publisher: Flesch–Kincaid Description This “text” is a political cartoon referring to the court-packing attempt made by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in an effort to have his policies approved by the Supreme Court. This is a concept that students would have encountered in their U.S. History classes, but that plays a role […]

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To Kill a Mockingbird

Lee, Harper Publication date: Publisher: Flesch–Kincaid 5.9 Description <em>To Kill and Mockingbird</em> is an American classic written by Harper Lee and set in the Jim Crow South. The plot of this story features two young children whose father is an attorney representing an African American man wrongfully accused of rape. There is a miscarriage of […]

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The Supremes’ Greatest Hits: The 44 Supreme Court Cases that Most Directly Affected your Life

Trachtman, Michael Publication date: Publisher: Flesch–Kincaid 13.8 Description This book is a breakdown and description of major Supreme Court cases that have influenced everyday life in America. Students often ask, “Why is this important?” or “When will I ever need this information?” and this book is the perfect answer to that question. The author covers […]

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Sister’s in Law: How Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World

Hirshman, Linda Publication date: Publisher: Flesch–Kincaid 11.6 Description This book is a semi-biography of the first two women to serve as Justices on the Supreme Court of the United States. It tells the story of Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s early lives, their successes that led to them being appointed to the highest […]

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The Judicial Branch of Federal Government: People, Process, and Politics

Zelden, Charles Publication date: Publisher: Flesch–Kincaid 11.8 Description This text is a perfect replacement and supplement to the textbook. It does a fantastic job of giving an overview of the judicial branch, but goes into far more detail that a standard textbook would. It is important for students to be able to glean some of […]

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The Great Decision: Jefferson, Adams, Marshall, and the Battle for the Supreme Court

Sloan, Cliff Publication date: Publisher: Flesch–Kincaid 9.5 Description This text covers the history of the <em>Marbury v. Madison </em>decision. This was the case that established the concept of judicial review. This case is covered heavily in both the Virginia Standards of Learning and on the AP government exam as it is a set the precedent […]

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