U.S. Supreme Court Case Analysis
Overview Analyze important concepts in constitutional law as they relate to decisions of the Supreme Court.
Group Activity • Choose a partner. • Select a Supreme Court case. • Create a PPoint presentation, Word outline, or handwritten outline of case. • Present to class.
PowerPoint Slides • TITLE OF THE CASE • SUMMARY • Summarize the facts of the case • CONSTITUTIONAL LAW • Identify issue(s) and relate to constitutional law(s) • Write each issue in the form a question(s) and include the constitutional law(s) • ARGUMENTS • Summarize the arguments of the Appellant and Appellee • DECISION • Decided by which court? Who was the Chief Justice at the time? • Summarize the opinion of the Court • Provide the results from the vote of the Justices • CONCLUSION • Do you agree or disagree with the decision of the court? Why? • REFERENCES • MLA or APA format
Individual Activity • List the names of the (9) current Supreme Court Justices. • Next to each Justice, write the President who appointed him or her. • Choose one Justice, past or present, and write a biographical profile. (Must be different from your partner.)
Supreme Court Cases • Marbury v. Madison (1801) • Plessy v. Ferguson (1896) • Brown v. Board of Education (1955) • Miranda v. Arizona (1966) • Tinker v. Des Moines (1969) • Cohen v. California (1971) • United States v. Nixon (1974) • Regents of the University California v. Bakke (1978) • Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier (1988) • United States v. Eichman (1990) • United States v. Virginia (1996) • Illinios v. Wardlow (2000) • Grutter v. Bollinger (2003) • Morse v. Frederick (2007)
Sources • http://www.oyez.org/ • http://www.landmarkcases.org/ • http://www.supremecourtus.gov/ • http://www.uscourts.gov/ • http://supct.law.cornell.edu/supct/ • http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/supreme_court/supreme_court.cfm