The Right to an Attorney Prior to Gideon v. Wainwright
Grades: 6 - 12

Video Description: Learn about the state of defendant rights to an attorney prior to the Supreme Court’s decision in Gideon v. Wainwright.

Type of Video: Segment*
Unique Video ID: Law-12**

Quick Ideas for Using the Video:

  • Use the video with other Educate.Today videos dealing with one’s right to an attorney in a jigsaw activity. Have different students/student groups view different videos and report their learning to the class.
  • Use the video in conjunction with an activity that has students research the Gideon case cited in the video. Pair students off on different sides of the case and debate the issues involved. Do they agree or disagree with the decision reached?


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