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Classifying Arguments

Classifying Arguments is one variation on a Case Study.  In this exercise, students learn about the facts and issue in a case, and are then given a list of arguments.  The list should include some arguments for each side, and can also include arguments for both sides or neither.  Students read and evaluate each argument and decide whether it's an argument for the petitioner, respondent, both, or neither.

This activity can be used as a scaffolding step to introduce students to the arguments in a Supreme Court case.  Once students have mastered classifying arguments in a case, they might move on to generating their own arguments after reading background materials.

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