Arlington , VA — The Bill of Rights Institute, a non-profit educational organization, released Supreme Court DBQs: Exploring the Cases that Changed History. Funded through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Supreme Court DBQs utilizes document-based question strategies to teach students about the Supreme Court cases that changed the lives of the citizens of the United States. An online-only version of the text is also available.

Fearless in its presentation of controversial topics, Supreme Court DBQs gives students an opportunity to study Brown v. Board of Education (1954), Miranda v. Arizona (1966), Roe v. Wade (1973), Dred Scott v. Sanford (1857), and other historic cases in-depth. Each of the six units contains majority and dissenting opinions from Supreme Court cases. The cases featured in the text are organized around the following themes: Federal Courts in History, Equal Protection and Affirmative Action, Rights of the Accused, Students and the Constitution, Expansion of Expression, and Personal Liberty.
Primary source documents accompany the Supreme Court cases. Spanning five centuries, the documents include excerpts from Blackstone?s Commentaries to modern political cartoons. Thematic essays provide background information on the topics and cases. These essays are written by Gordon Lloyd, Professor of Public Policy at Pepperdine University; Warner Winbourne, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Hampden-Sydney College; Dennis Goldford, Professor of Politics and International Relations at Drake University; and Ken Kersch, Assistant Professor of Politics at Princeton University.

Supreme Court DBQs also includes:

  • A unique password in each book that gives teachers access to free, online resources, such as an interactive timeline of Supreme Court cases
  • Answer keys with scoring rubrics
  • Scaffolding questions to guide students through the readings of primary source documents

    The curriculum equips students with the necessary information to critically analyze the opinions of the justices and recognize the relevance of these cases in their daily lives. For more information on Supreme Court DBQs: Exploring the Cases that Changed History, please visit our website at, or call 1-800-838-7870, extension 18.

    The Bill of Rights Institute, founded in 1999, is a nonprofit educational organization. The mission of the Bill of Rights Institute is to educate young people about the words and ideas of America?s Founders, the liberties guaranteed in our Founding documents, and how our Founding principles continue to affect and shape a free society.

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