Thursday/Friday 1/8 and 1/9
and Wednesday/Thursday 1/14 and 1/15
Learning Goal: Students will be able to explain the significance and outcomes of landmark Supreme Court Cases.
By now we should know the basic structure (civil vs. criminal courts - trial, appellate, and supreme courts) and functions of the Judicial Branch. The Supreme Court is the head of the Judicial Branch. One of its most important jobs is to decide whether or not constitutional rights have been violated.
Over the next few lessons, we’ll be learning about Landmark (really important) Supreme Court Cases that have impacted how we interpret our Constitution. The cases we’ll debate today all involve students' rights in schools.
Task 1: Supreme Court Cases (student rights in schools)
Directions: In your group, read each Supreme Court case description below and discuss the issues the Supreme Court considered for each case. Then, vote on the question involved in the case.
Write down your vote and explain the majority and minority (if there are any) opinions. After our class discusses the case, record the actual Supreme Court decision.
Tinker v. Des Moines (1969)
Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier (1988)
Wallace v. Jafree (1985)
New Jersey v.T.L.O. (1985)