statue outside supreme court

Civics Exploration

The Supreme Courts - State & Federal

Compare, Contrast, Conclude

Review the Comparison and Contrast Guide @ ReadWriteThink - online activity through "Evaluating".


Compare and contrast your state's highest court to the US Supreme Court.

table A table is an excellent way to make a visual representation of the findings.
You can use it to identify similarities and differences.

Make a Supremes Table

1. Make a table with 3 columns and 9 rows.

Enter the considerations Down the first column beginning with row 2.

Considerations - How many members are there? How are they selected? How long do they serve? How is the Chief Justice chosen? To whom do their decisions apply? Are their decisions final? Under what circumstances can a justice be removed? Add 1 more question of your own.

2. Skip Column A in Row 1. Enter STATE in column B. Enter FEDERAL in Column C.

3. Fill in the appropriate information.

Describe your findings. How are the two courts the same? How are they different?


Based on your data - Which do you believe is the better model for a supreme court?


Discover the justices on your State Supreme Court

Write the names of the current justices serving on your state's Supreme Court.

What are their ages?

What is ratio of the genders of the current justices?

Should age, gender or race be a factor in selecting a justice? Explain.



Challenge yourself:

The statue (at the top left of this page) is located on the west fa├žade of the US Supreme Court Building. Do some digging.
What is the story of this work of art? How is it germane to the Supreme Court?

Supreme Court Cases and the Constitution activity

Explore some Landmark Supreme Court Cases

June Civics Activity - The United States Supreme Court

Plan a Law Day activity for your community, school or class

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