activity provides students with an introduction to the
Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 USC §§1531-1544)
and two key Supreme Court decisions interpreting the act.
Students will first explore their own interest in protecting
species that are on the brink of extinction. Through discussion
they will explore different motivations and arguments
for protecting these species. Students will read one or
two Supreme Court cases and write their own court decision.
This activity will give students a deeper appreciation
for the legal and political complexity of species protection
in the United States and encourage them to think about
the connections among science, politics, and law.