Fantasy Blogs & Badges
In addition to making predictions, each class will write a series of analytical blog posts for each case. By signing up your class for FantasySCOTUS, you will automatically receive a free WordPress blog hosted at the Harlan Institute. At the end of each lesson plan, you will find a series of blog post topics. Here are some possible topics:
- Write a post summarizing the facts of the case
- Pretend your class is the Supreme Court and write your own opinions, including concurring and dissenting opinions
- Explain why the First Amendment guarantee of Free Speech should prevent censorship of violent video games, but permit the criminalization of certain types of “hate speech.”
For each submitted blog post, your class will be awarded a FantasySCOTUS Badge. Each badge will have a corresponding number of points, based on the level of difficulty of the assignment. The more badges you receive, the more points you score!
All Blog posts will be due by March 31, 2013. Please take a look at the Central York High School Blog–it received the most points in our competition last year.
The winner of the FantasySCOTUS Blogs & Badges Contest will be determined based on the class with the most points from badges on May 15, 2015.
All classes are placed into leagues based on the geographic location of the Circuit Court of Appeals of the United States.
- 1st Circuit- MA, NH, PR, RI
- 2nd Circuit- CT, NY, VT
- 3rd Circuit- DE, NJ, PA, VI
- 4th Circuit- DC, MD, NC, SC, VA*
- 5th Circuit- LA, MS, TX
- 6th Circuit- KY, MI, OH, TN
- 7th Circuit- IL, IN, WI
- 8th Circuit- AR, IA, MO, MN, ND, NE, SD
- 9th Circuit- AK, AZ, CA, HI, GU, ID, MP, MT, OR, NV, WA
- 10th Circuit- CO, KS, NM, OK, UT, WY
- 11th Circuit- AL, FL, GA
The top class in the United States will be awarded the “Chief Justice” Prize, an iPad. The second prize class will receive a $100 Amazon.com Gift Card. The third prize class will receive a $50 Amazon.com Gift Card.* While the District of Columbia is in the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, for the purposes of this competition, the D.C. will be placed in the 4th Circuit.
Here are the badges you can earn this term.
Earn these badges by writing an opinion with your class for each case.
To learn more, check out our lesson plans for instructions of how to win the badges.