Step 1: Background Information
Review the textbook chapter on the court system, view the video below, and view the Oyez link below.
- Textbook: Chapter 13, specifically 498 – 508Openstax: American Government 2e. published on Feb. 21 2019 by Glen Krutz , Oklahoma State University and Sylvie Waskiewicz, PhD
- The Lost Art of Democratic Debate [TED Talk]
- Judicial Decisions: Crash Course Government and Politics
- Google search as needed for additional information
Step 2: Select the Paper Topic
Select a Supreme Court case that’s either currently being decided or has been decided in the past two years.
Step 3: Analyze and Evaluate
After selecting a case, conduct research to fully understand the facets of the case.
Step 4: Write the Paper
Using the background resources provided in addition to researching a Supreme Court case of your choosing, write a two page paper [Times New Roman, 12-point font, double spaced] that shows you understand the significance of a case that makes it to the Supreme Court.
Your paper should consist of at least 5 paragraphs [totaling 1.5-2 pages] following this format:
- Introduction Paragraph: Summarizes the purpose of the paper,draw the reader in.
- Paragraphs 2-3: Provide an explanation about the Supreme Court’s role and importance in the federal court system as well as how cases make it to the Supreme Court.
- Paragraph 4: Describe and analyze a selected Supreme Court case
- Describe the case [who/what constitutes either side of the case – who is being represented? What are both sides arguing?
- Describe why the case made it to the Supreme Court.
- Explain the outcome of the case if available, including the precedent that was set as a result. If the outcome is not available yet, predict which side may win and the precedent that will be set as a result.
- Conclusion paragraph: Summarize the paper and tie it all together.
- Citations: At the end of your paper, create a citation for each source you USED in the paper. You may use either APA or MLA style [APA is preferred].