Guide your students through the fictional case of Ben Brewer, a high school student who was suspended for violating the school dress code. Students will assume the roles of Petitioner, Respondent, or Justice as they examine the First Amendment right to free speech and apply the precedent of Tinker v. Des Moines to answer the question: Does the Constitution protect Ben’s right to wear a band T-shirt to school?

Each simulation can be played through in 60-80 minutes. Want to divide the session over two class periods? Supreme Decision lets your class easily pick up where they left off.

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  • Describe free speech rights protected by the First Amendment.
  • Identify the main arguments put forth in the case of Tinker v. Des Moines
  • Describe the role of Supreme Court justices
  • Identify the impact of the Supreme Court's decision on student expression at school and individuals' rights.
  • Simulate the development and presentation of a Supreme Court argument

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