This is just a simple example of how we can make
assignments more relative to student interests.
All elements of the supreme court case unit are covered
and students are able to open up and have a little fun.
Ultimately, students will retain this information much
longer than the more conventional way.
It is important that we constantly think of assignments
that are informative as well as fun so that we do not lose
the interest of our students.
Relative Assignment orRelative Assignment or
Your choices are:
1. Make a video dealing with the supreme court case that your
group has been assigned
2. Make a power point presentation dealing with the supreme
court case that your group has been assigned.
You and your group will present your project to the class on
Supreme Court Case ProjectSupreme Court Case Project
PowerPoint project example:
<- law and order theme sound clip
T.L.O. is a fourteen year old girl accused of smoking in
the girls’ bathroom at her high school.
Since smoking was a violation of school rules, she
was sent to the Assistant Vice Principal’s office.
The Assistant Vice Principal searched her bag and
found marijuana and other drug equipment such as a
pipe, plastic bags, a large amount of money, the
names of two students who owed her money, and
letters that implicated T.L.O. in marijuana dealing.
T.L.O thought that the searching of her bag
violated her Fourth amendment rights.
Since the Fourth Amendment protects a citizen
against unreasonable searches and seizures, she
thought that the search of her bag was
The final vote was 6 to 3, in favor of New Jersey.
The Court decided that the search did not violate her
Suspicion was aroused due to the presence of rolling
papers, commonly used for smoking marijuana, in her
purse so the search was reasonable.
The Court ruled that school officials do not have to
have a probable cause to conduct searches.
Also, the Court ruled that officials are allowed to
search a student as long as “there are reasonable
grounds for suspecting that the search will turn up
evidence that the student has violated/is violating
a law or school rule.”
Post TLO ruling
Further RulingFurther Ruling
This allows school officials to act as a parent or guardian allowing the search
and seizure of student property based off of suspicion due to supreme courts
ruling in T.L.O vs. New Jersey.
Click on the link above (or copy and paste) to play
Argument Wars, a fun and educational game
dealing with the New Jersey v. T.L.O. case.
Ultimately, this allows kids to use their creativity
while learning the content. Kids will enjoy a project
like this much more than a simple worksheet.
Try to have some fun with your students!
Make it interesting, Make it fun!