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The Power and Importance of Precedent in the Decisions of the Supreme Court
by Lena Morreale Scott, Street Law, Inc.

Print out and make copies of these organizers for your students:

  • Handout #1: What the Justices Think About Precedent and Stare Decisis -- Download

  • Handout #2: Guided Questions for Watching "The Rehnquist Revolution" -- Download

  • Transparency #1: The Fifth and Sixth Amendments to the United States Constitution -- Download

  • Handout #3: Miranda v. Arizona (1966) and Related Precedent Cases -- Download

  • Handout #4A: Applying Miranda to Dickerson v. United States (2000) -- Download

  • Handout #4B: Applying Miranda to Yarborough, Warden v. Alvarado (2004) -- Download

  • Handout #5A: Classifying Arguments in the Dickerson Case -- Download

    • Handout #5A: Teacher Answer Key -- Download

  • Handout #5B: Classifying Arguments in the Alvarado Case -- Download

    • Handout #5B: Teacher Answer Key -- Download

  • Transparency #2: You Be the Judge: Tally Sheet -- Download
Additional Resources:

  • www.landmarkcases.org
    A Web site developed by Street Law, Inc. with funding from the Supreme Court Historical Society. The site includes primary source documents and lesson plans to teach about 17 landmark Supreme Court decisions.