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SS.7.C.3.12 - Landmark Supreme Court Cases

Reporting Category 1: Origins and Purposes of Law and Government

Reporting Category 1: General

Enlightenment Ideas: SS.7.C.1.1

Impact of Key Documents: SS.7.C.1.2

English Policies: SS.7.C.1.3

Declaration of Independence: SS.7.C.1.4

Articles of Confederation: SS.7.C.1.5

Preamble of the Constitution: SS.7.C.1.6

Separation of Powers and Checks & Balances: SS.7.C.1.7

Federalists and Anti-Federalists: SS.7.C.1.8

Rule of Law: SS.7.C.1.9

Sources & Types of Laws: SS.7.C.3.10

Reporting Category 2: Roles, Rights, and Responsibilities of Citizens

Reporting Category 2: General

Citizenship: SS.7.C.2.1

Obligations of Citizens: SS.7.C.2.2

Bill of Rights & Other Amendments: SS.7.C.2.4

Constitutional Safeguards & Limits: SS.7.C.2.5

Constitutional Rights: SS.7.C.3.6

13th, 14th, 15th, 19th, 24th, & 26th Amendments: SS.7.C.3.7

Landmark Supreme Court Cases: SS.7.C.3.12

Reporting Category 3: Government Policies and Political Processes

Reporting Category 3: General

Political Parties: SS.7.C.2.8

Qualifications for Political Office: SS.7.C.2.9

Monitoring & Influencing Government: SS.7.C.2.10

Media & Political Communications: SS.7.C.2.11

Public Policy: SS.7.C.2.12

Multiple Perspectives: SS.7.C.2.13

U.S. Domestic & Foreign Policy: SS.7.C.4.1

Participation in International Organizations: SS.7.C.4.2

U.S. & International Conflicts: SS.7.C.4.3

Reporting Category 4: Organization and Function of Government

Reporting Category 4: General

Forms of Government: SS.7.C.3.1

Systems of Government: SS.7.C.3.2

Three Branches of Government: SS.7.C.3.3

Federalism: SS.7.C.3.4

Amendment Process: SS.7.C.3.5

Structure, Function, & Processes of Government: SS.7.C.3.8

Court System: SS.7.C.3.11

United States & Florida Constitutions: SS.7.C.3.13

Government Obligations & Services: SS.7.C.3.14

What You Need to Know:

Student Review Reading for SS.7.C.3.12

Analyze the significance and outcomes of landmark Supreme Court cases including, but not limited to, Marbury v. Madison, Plessy v. Ferguson, Brown v. Board of Education, Gideon v. Wainwright, Miranda v. Arizona, In re Gault, Tinker v. Des Moines, Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier, United States v. Nixon, and Bush v. Gore.


Benchmark Clarifications: 

Example One (Low Complexity)

In which case did the U.S. Supreme Court rule that the Florida Supreme Court's plan for recounting ballots violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment?

A. Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier (1988)

B. Gideon v. Wainwright (1963)

C. U.S. v. Nixon (1974)

D. Bush v. Gore (2000)


Example Two (Moderate Complexity)

Which was an outcome of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education (1954)?

A. Administrators may limit the content of students publications.

B. Public school districts that segregate deny equal protection.

C. Students have a reduced expectation of privacy in school.

D. Criminal defendants have the right to an attorney.


Example Three (High Complexity)

What lessons did future U.S. leaders learn from the 1974 U.S. Supreme Court case United States v. Nixon?

A. The president is accountable for obeying the law.

B. The president is responsible for enforcing the law.

C. The president is not allowed to hold secret talks with foreign governments.

D. The president is not allowed to have private meetings with Cabinet members.


C.3.12 - Vocabulary


FLDOE Civics Tutorials

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Discovery Education


  • 2000 Presidential Election (total length 1:30) from Federal Government: The Supreme Court
  • Brown vs. Board of Education (total length 1:29) from Federal Government: The Supreme Court
  • Fourteenth Amendment (total length 2:16) from Federal Government: The Supreme Court
  • Juvenile Rights (total length 3:20) from Law and the Teenager
  • Marbury v. Madison: The Supreme Court Establishes Its Power (total length 2:49) from Understanding the Constitution: The Judicial Branch
  • Miranda vs. Arizona (total length 1:30, stop at 1:16) from Federal Government: The Supreme Court
  • Plessy vs. Ferguson and Declaring "Separate but Equal" (total length 2:26, start at 0:45) from America in the 20th Century: The Civil Rights Movement
  • The Principle of Judicial Review (total length 1:00) from Federal Government: The Supreme Court
  • School Segregation: Brown v. Board of Education and the Little Rock Nine (total length 5:49, stop at 2:22) from Civil Rights: The Long Road to Equality

Civics on Demand

Civics on Demand

Additional Resources

Textbook Review


Chapter 3, Section 2 - p. 93-97

Chapter 3, Section 3 - p.102 (John Marshall picture box)

Chapter 4, Section 1 - p. 112-116

Chapter 7, Section 3 - p. 189-192

Chapter 11, Section 3 - p. 282-286