Do you use document-based questions in your classroom? Have you ever blogged a DBQ?

This summer the Bill of Rights Institute is blogging a document-based question on the Supreme Court case Tinker v. Des Moines (1969). Each weekly post will feature an excerpted document related to the case, along with some questions to guide your thinking on it. Each document should be used to address the question: “Evaluate the extent to which the First Amendment should protect symbolic speech, and the degree to which that protection should be guaranteed to students in public school.”

Check out our previous posts for a case background and document #1, document #2, West Virginia v. Barnette, and document #3, a picture of Vietnam War protestors outside the White House.

 

Today’s document is a collection of “Hate Mail” received by the Tinker Family – Number 4:

Think about it:

How would you describe these reactions to the Tinker’s decision to wear armbands?

Why do you think some people reacted this way?


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Check back each week to see the next document and how it might change your thinking on this important question that affects all public school teachers and students in the U.S.!

If you are enjoying this DBQ – be sure to check out our curriculum Supreme Court DBQs: Exploring the Cases the Changed History.

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4 Responses to “Tinker v. Des Moines DBQ – Document 4”

  1. [...] Check out our previous posts for a case background and document #1, #2 West Virginia v. Barnette, #3 a picture of Vietnam War protestors outside the White House, and document 4 is a collection of “Hate Mail” received by the Tinker Family. [...]

  2. [...] v. Barnette, #3 a picture of Vietnam War protestors outside the White House, #4 a collection of “Hate Mail” received by the Tinker Family, document #5 and document #6, parts of the Oral Arguments for the case, and document #7, the [...]

  3. [...] v. Barnette, #3 a picture of Vietnam War protestors outside the White House, #4 a collection of “Hate Mail” received by the Tinker Family, and document #5 and document #6, parts of the Oral Arguments for the [...]

  4. [...] v. Barnette, #3 a picture of Vietnam War protestors outside the White House, #4 a collection of “Hate Mail” received by the Tinker Family, and document #5, a part of the Oral Argument for the [...]

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