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Carol Simpson shared this resource on LM_NET earlier this week.  If your middle or high school teachers explore Supreme Court cases with their learners, if you believe in the importance of civics education, you’ll want to share and add Oyez, Oyez, Oh Yay! to your pathfinders.  Even if you’re not in Texas!

The Texas State Bar has developed a set of resources to teach fundamental concepts involved with important US Supreme Court cases.  The new Texas social studies curriculum requires middle school students to study Marbury v. Madison, McCulloch v. Maryland, Gibbons v. Ogden, Worcester v. Georgia, and Dred Scott v. Sandford.  High school students study Brown v. Board of Education, Plessy v. Ferguson, Miranda v. Arizona, Edgewood ISD v. Kirby, Texas v. Johnson, and Grutter v. Bollinger, among others.   If you are looking for well-developed resources on those cases or more, you can access the lessons here: .   The site is called Oyez, Oyez, Oh Yay! Civics Resources for Texas Students and Teachers.  There are even video segments from the Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court and former US Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.  All the resources are free.

The State Bar of Texas’ Law-Related Education Department has created Oyez, Oyez, Oh Yay!, an engaging and interactive site geared toward helping students (and their teachers) explore the court decisions that have helped shape our country and the state of Texas — and, most important, how these decisions have affected our everyday lives.

Among the curricular resources, strategies, activities, case summaries, helpful links, and media:


Landmark Cases–Middle School (8th Grade)

Watch for more videos to launch in the coming weeks!

Landmark Cases–High School

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Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza

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