Bell Ringers

Bell Ringer: Tinker v. Des Moines- The People Involved

The People Involved in Tinker v. Des Moines

In discussing the 1969 landmark Supreme Court Case Tinker v. Des Moines, Erik Jaffe, Free Speech and Election Law Practice Group Chair at the Federalist Society, and Mary Beth Tinker, a petitioner in the case, spoke about the people involved in the case. Ms. Tinker discussed the decision by her family to get involved in protest and the make-up of the Des Moines school board. Mr. Jaffe explained the members of the Supreme Court during the decision.

Description

In discussing the 1969 landmark Supreme Court Case Tinker v. Des Moines, Erik Jaffe, Free Speech and Election Law Practice Group Chair at the Federalist Society, and Mary Beth Tinker, a petitioner in the case, spoke about the people involved in the case. Ms. Tinker discussed the decision by her family to get involved in protest and the make-up of the Des Moines school board. Mr. Jaffe explained the members of the Supreme Court during the decision.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • Describe the students who protested in this case.
  • Where did the idea for the black armbands come from? What was the significance of it?
  • Why did the school prohibit the wearing of the armbands?
  • Describe the Supreme Court Justices that were highlighted in the clip.

Additional Resource

Participants

    Vocabulary

    • 1st Amendment
    • Advocacy
    • Chief Justice Earl Warren
    • Civil Rights Movement
    • Justice Abe Fortas
    • Procedural Rights
    • Protest
    • Quaker
    • School Board
    • Symbolic Speech
    • Vietnam War

    Topics

    Supreme Court Cases

    Grades

    Middle SchoolHigh SchoolUniversity