Orchard's Mock Supreme Court Agreed with the U.S. Supreme Court on 3 out of 4 Cases
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To wrap up a study of the Three Branches of Government, all fifth graders played a role in a mock Supreme Court hearing. Each of the four decided Supreme Court cases was about First Amendment rights to freedom of expression or freedom of religion. Some students played the roles of attorneys and wrote arguments to be heard in court. Other students played the roles and wrote opinions as justices. In the end, Orchard students agreed with the U.S. Supreme Court on three of the four cases.
Students came to the same conclusion as the U.S Supreme Court on the cases Engle v. Vitale about prayer in school, Tinker v. Des Moines about protest clothing in public school, and Wisconsin v. Yoder about Amish rights to remove their children from school after 8th grade for religious purposes.
In the fourth case, Texas v. Johnson, the U.S. court ruled that burning the flag was an acceptable form of protest expression. Our Orchard Owls were not in agreement. Our students felt that burning a flag was disrespectful and dangerous.
While it was fun to play roles on a socially-distanced stage, the best part of this event was watching students demonstrate a deep understanding of First Amendment rights.