The Tinker case and ruling are very relevant to students today, and make for lively classroom discussions of the First Amendment in American life. There are a number of curricula and resources available. Here are a few, but see the “Tinker in the News” page on this website for more
iCivics’, “Supreme Decision” Fun, and has a ppt option.
Good for MS or HS (Teacher must register, but they make it easy)
State Historical Society of Iowa: Review of “The Struggle For Student Rights: Tinker v Des Moines and the 1960s” ” by John Johnson From 1998, a short review of probably the most thorough book on ‘Tinker’ by renowned Iowa author and professor, John Johnson
Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance On Rights & Activism
US Supreme Court site, with short summary
(Emphasis on Elementary Students)
Animated video by ACLU to celebrate 50th anniversary Tinker v Des Moines
(4 mins., narrated by Mary Beth & John Tinker) Feb. 2019
C-SPAN Landmark Cases: Tinker v Des Moines, April 2018 (90 mins)
The 50th Anniversary of the Tinker v Des Moines Decision, 2/22/19, Iowa Public TV Livestream Event at the State Historical Society of Iowa
John Tinker on Free Speech, U of Illinois (2015, 2 mins)
AND, check the student videos on YouTube about Tinker v Des Moines
For Middle School:
US Courts.gov: Tinker v Des Moines summary (3 minutes)
Newseum podcast: Interview w Mary Beth, with related links (6 minutes, 2015)
For High School:
Amicus, with Dahlia Lithwick, Geoffrey Stone, Mary B Tinker Sept. 1, 2018 (1 hour)
“Make No Law”, Popehat Jan. 13, 2018 (32 minutes)
US Courts: Tinker v Des Moines summary (3 minutes)
Newseum podcast: Interview w Mary Beth, with related links (6 minutes, 2015
Candace Bowen directs both the Center for Scholastic Journalism at Kent State University and the statewide Ohio Scholastic Media Association. She also oversees Kent State’s online master’s degree program for Journalism Educators.
To see Mary Beth’s original armband, and also a great display about students’ rights, visit the Newseum when you’re in Washington DC with your students. They have classes and curriculum on “Tinker” available as well.
with Greta Brawner, Maryam Ahranjani & Tom Hutton
The First Amendment Game: Tinker v. Des Moines by the Annenberg Institute for Civics. Using the landmark case about students’ right to free speech, this game launches students on a journey to the U.S. Supreme Court. Along the way are mini-games and challenges that teach about the First Amendment, the Tinker case, legal concepts and how the federal courts work.
Education for Freedom: Lesson Plans for Teaching the First Amendment, created by the Freedom Forum’s First Amendment Center, a nonpartisan center dedicated to the understanding and appreciation of the values of the First Amendment. These lessons (beginning and advanced levels) address constitutional principles and contemporary issues involving the First Amendment and include a specific unit on the Supreme Court’s 1969 decision in Tinker v.DesMoines Indep. School Dist.
The Southern Poverty Law Center’s TEACHING TOLERANCE lesson puts “Tinker” in the context of civil rights and human rights
Also, check the First Amendment Center’s links on the First Amendment
and recent NEWSEUM blogs related to “Tinker”
OHIO STATE BAR FOUNDATION: “Free Speech, Press, Religion, Press, Assembly, Petition” (Student speech p. 14-38) 8233651
Founded by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor in 2009, iCivics strives to reverse Americans’ declining civic knowledge and participation. Securing our democracy, O’Connor believes, requires teaching the next generation to understand and respect our system of governance. Their curriculum includes a lesson discussing the impact of the Tinker ruling on student dress codes.
American Constitution Society for Law and Policy has created materials that help volunteer law students teach high school and middle school students about free speech in schools and the impact of the Tinker case.
New York Times: 10 Cases Every Teen Should Know
Media Law Resource Center: Curriculum on Censorship
National School Boards Association: Off-campus, Online Student Speech Cases Chart (And how cases cite “Tinker” or “Fraser”)
FOR CONSTITUTION DAY:
National Constitution Center, “Free To Be” lesson on First Amendment