Applying Precedents Activity: Mahanoy v. B.L. | Tinker v. Des Moines

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Applying Precedents is a SCOTUS case study strategy in which students explore a comparison case and a precedent case. By analyzing case information, they determine how similar or different the cases are from each other and how, in their opinion, the precedent should apply to the decision in the comparison case.

This classroom-ready activity compares Mahanoy Area School District v. B.L. (comparison case) to Tinker v. Des Moines (precedent case). An answer key is included.  

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  • 5
    My students really enjoyed the activity. It was well put together and focused on issues that are important to them.

    Posted by Jamie Hendi on Dec 2nd 2021

    Great activity!