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Landmark Cases of the U.S. Supreme Court

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Using the site

Site organization

Landmarkcases.org provides teachers with the tools they need to teach students about important U.S. Supreme Court cases. 

Teaching strategies

In the header of each page is a link dedicated to explaining the teaching strategies used in the educational activities.  The page also includes breakdown of which landmark cases employ specific strategies.  Teachers have the option of printing or viewing the detailed description of each teaching strategy. 

Legal concepts

Also found in the header of each page is a breakdown of the cases by topic and links to more information on the legal concepts covered. 

Cases

Information about each case is divided in the following categories:

Background
  • Background summary and questions to consider
  • Important vocabulary
  • Case topics
  • Other useful background information
Teaching
  • Teaching activities
  • Teaching strategies used
  • Teaching schedules based on the number of days available 
Decision
  • Key excerpts from the majority opinion
  • Key excerpts from the dissenting opinion
  • Full text of the majority opinion
  • Summary of the decision
Resources
  • Links to case-related articles and other web-based resources
For Teachers Only
  • Suggestions for differentiated learning
  • Answer keys for all questions and activities

Reading levels

The background summaries and questions and vocabulary excercises for each case are available in three different reading levels:

  • ••• = highest reading level
  • •• = average reading level
  • • = for ESOL students

Citing landmarkcases.org

The exact format for citing any source varies depends on your school’s preferred style guide (e.g., MLA, APA, Chicago Manual of Style). But with all of the style guides, the information cited is basically the same.

MLA example

Landmark Cases. 2002. Street Law, Inc. and the Supreme Court Historical Society. Day Month Year of access <url of cited page>.

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