1st Edition

Supreme Court Decisions Scenarios, Simulations, and Activities for Understanding and Evaluating 14 Landmark Court Cases (Grades 7-12)

By Jeffrey D. Stocks Copyright 2008
    112 Pages
    by Prufrock Press

    The rich history of the U.S. Supreme Court affects everyone—so why just lecture about the landmark court decisions when you can engage students in the cases that changed the course of history? In Supreme Court Decisions, students will make predictions, use their knowledge of the Constitution, gain the perspective of people living during a historic period of time, and judge a case for themselves.

    The book takes students through 14 landmark cases including Dred Scott v. Sanford, Plessy v. Ferguson, Brown v. Board of Education, Mapp v. Ohio, Miranda v. Arizona, and more. Students will find cases such as New Jersey v. T.L.O. particularly interesting because of their continuing effect on and relevance to students in school today.

    Because these cases are sure to evoke different emotions and spark lively discussions among your students, the book also includes activities that will help you direct this energy into meaningful learning experiences. Your students will find the lessons in Supreme Court Decisions interesting, enjoyable, and engaging.

    Grades 7-12

    About the Book Case 1: The Power to Destroy McCulloch v. Maryland (1819) Case 2: The Steamboat Controversy Gibbons v. Ogden (1824) Case 3: Freedom’s Suit Dred Scott v. Sandford (1857) Case 4: The Confederate Sympathizer Ex Parte Milligan (1866) Case 5: The Out-of-Place Passenger Plessy v. Ferguson (1896) Case 6: The Instigator Schenck v. U.S. (1919) Case 7: The Publisher Gitlow v. New York (1925) Case 8: Into the Camp Korematsu v. U.S. (1944) Case 9: The Segregated School Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka (1954) Case 10: The Search Mapp v. Ohio (1961) Case 11: The Indigent Defendant Gideon v. Wainwright (1963) Case 12: The Confession Miranda v. Arizona (1966) Case 13: The Silent Protest Tinker v. Des Moines (1969) Case 14: The School Search New Jersey v. T.L.O. (1985) References About the Author


    Jeff Stocks' teaching experience includes seven years of teaching Advanced Placement and gifted and talented classes in U.S. history, U.S. government, and macroeconomics in the Katy Independent School District in Katy, TX. He was a charter member of Katy ISD's pre-AP/AP Social Studies Vertical Team and helped write the district's curriculum in macroeconomics. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Texas at Austin and earned a master's degree in English, curriculum, and instruction from the University of Houston. He currently is a high school administrator in Katy ISD.

    Specifically designed for use by students in grades 7 through 12, Supreme Court Decisions: Scenarios, Simulations, and Activities for Understanding and Evaluating 14 Landmark Court Cases by academician and curriculum developer Jeffrey D. Stocks introduces the United States Supreme Court and how it makes landmark decisions that have influenced and shaped American public life and government. Through the illustrative use of 14 actual court cases [such as] Dred Scott v. Sanford that dealt with the rights of persons accused of crimes, Supreme Court Decisions will enable students to gain perspectives of Americans living during historical periods of time, how the United States Constitution has been interpreted to resolve matters in diverse and often complex social issues, how to make predictions, and judge a case for themselves through the use of critical and creative thinking. Supreme Court Decisions is very strongly recommended for both classroom and home-schooling curriculums.,James A Cox,Midwest Book Review, 2/3/08
    Stock's writing is lean. Adroitly condensing multifaceted concepts and details, he delivers information with a straightforward style that most students will appreciate. Supreme Court Decisions is an extremely flexible resource that suits a variety of learning styles.,Rebecca Pickens,home | school | life magazine, 11/29/16