Supreme Court Decision: Word Meaning and Choice

Supreme Court Decisions: Marriage Equality

Legal language is confusing. In this lesson students will apply their understanding of the Three Branches of U.S. Government to think critically about the Supreme Court ruling of marriage equality. Students will use the Newsela Highlighting and Annotating features to identify the meaning of challenging words to have a deeper understanding of a text. To view and edit the full lesson plan open the attached PDF and .docx below. 

Curriculum Connections

  • Social Studies 
  • U.S. History 
  • U.S. Government 
  • Civics 

Newsela Article

Learning Objective

  • Today I am learning…to determine the meaning of words and phrases used in a text
  • So I can…analyze the impact of specific words choices on meaning and tone
  • I know I understand when…correctly identify the meaning of words to have deeper comprehension of a text

Learning Standard

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.

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