Landmark Supreme Court Cases - Civics State Exam: PowerPoint, Worksheet, Smart Board Graphic Organizer, Multiple Choice Exam, Flipped Class Video, and various activities.
This lesson teaches students about the landmark US Supreme Court Cases: Marbury v. Madison, Plessy v. Ferguson, Brown v. Board of Education, Gideon v. Wainwright, Miranda v. Arizona, In re Gault, Tinker v. Des Moines, Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier, United States v. Nixon, and Bush v. Gore. Landmark Supreme Court Cases is a study of cases that have had a great impact on the shape of our American republic. Landmark Supreme Courts Cases are a big portion of the Civics EOC State Exam, and other various US Government and Civics classes.
Each case is examined with a description of the rights involved and the impact of the cases on the United States. The lesson begins with Marbury v. Madison and the importance this case had on establishing the Supreme Court’s power of Judicial Review. Students will also learn how this case established the job of the judicial branch in interpreting the law and examining them against the US Constitution which Chief Justice John Marshall declared to be the “supreme law of the land.” Next students will learn about the 14th Amendment cases of Plessy v. Ferguson and Brown v. Board of Education. They will learn that the 14th Amendment clause of “equal protection under the law” allows citizens to challenge laws that violate their rights. Students will be exposed to the impact these cases had on segregation in America. The look at In re’ Gualt shows students how even juveniles are entitled to due process rights to have an attorney – 6th Amendment – to face one’s accuser – 6th Amendment – and to remain silent – 5th Amendment. The 1st Amendment free speech cases of Tinker v. Des Moines and Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier will show students how they have free speech protections at school (Tinker v. Des Moines), but how those rights can be limited (Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier.) In the US v. Nixon and Bush v. Gore students will learn about how the Supreme Court has gotten involved in questions of Executive Presidential Power – US v. Nixon and the impact this case had on the rule of law and presidential elections – Bush v. Gore. Finally students will be exposed to the debate of gun control and 2nd Amendment protections in DC v. Heller.
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Mr. Raymond’s Civics E.O.C. Academy was designed for students taking the Florida Civics End-of-Course (EOC) Exam. However, as many states are implementing Civics Exams, these videos will work for all students of Civics, US Government, and US History. Currently students have to pass a civics state exam in order to graduate in Idaho, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Arizona, North Dakota, Louisiana, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Utah – as well as state social studies tests such as Texas’ STAAR exam, as well as Virginia’s Civics SOL exam. These videos look at all of the civics benchmarks that will be tested on most state civics exams.