Learning How Goals-


I am learning how the Supreme Court determines the law of the land.

I am learning how to research Supreme Court cases.

I am creating a PowerPoint explaining in detail a specific Supreme Court case.





Students research a specific historical Supreme Court case.

Students develop a PowerPoint based on a chosen Supreme Court case.

Students choose one from the following Supreme Court cases:



Marbury v. Madison, 1803 (4-0 decision)

Established the Supreme Court's power of judicial review over Congress.

McCulloch v. Maryland, 1819 (7-0 decision)

Established the federal government's implied powers over the states.

Dred Scott v. Sandford, 1857 (7-2 decision)

Denied citizenship to African American slaves.

Plessy v. Ferguson, 1896 (7-1 decision)

Upheld "separate but equal" segregation laws in states.

Korematsu v. United States, 1944 (6-3 decision)

Upheld internment of Japanese Americans during World War II.

Brown v. Board of Education, 1954 (9-0 decision)

Separating black and white students in public schools is unconstitutional.

Gideon v. Wainwright, 1963 (9-0 decision)

Criminal defendants have a right to an attorney even if they cannot afford one.

New York Times v. Sullivan, 1964 (9-0 decision)

Lawsuits based on libel or defamation must show intent or recklessness.

Miranda v. Arizona, 1966 (5-4 decision)

Prisoners must be advised of their rights before being questioned by police.

Loving v. Virginia, 1967 (9-0 decision)

Invalidated state laws prohibiting interracial marriage.

Roe v. Wade, 1973 (7-2 decision)

Women have a constitutional right to an abortion during the first two trimesters.





Monitor student research.

Monitor student PowerPoint progress.

Monitor final research product.

The student will apply social science skills to understand the federal judiciary by
describing the organization, jurisdiction, and proceedings of federal courts;
evaluating how the Marshall Court established the Supreme Court as an independent branch of government through its opinion in Marbury v. Madison;
describing how the Supreme Court decides cases;
comparing the philosophies of judicial activism and judicial restraint; and
investigating and evaluating how the judiciary influences public policy by delineating the power of government and safeguarding the rights of the individual.