Timeline: History of the Supreme Court

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A History of the Supreme Court Timeline

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The Judicial Branch has had an enormous impact on the history and development of America. Many major legal rulings made by the Supreme Court have shaped American society, and are used as references even decades after their decisions.

In this activity, have students research major events that have occurred throughout the history of the Supreme Court. Students will create a timeline that reflects the foundations of the judicial branch, along with major events that have transpired within the judiciary.

For an alternative to the timeline layout, have students create a timeline poster to incorporate into a presentation or gallery walk. You can add more than one template to this assignment to give students lots of options and adjust the instructions accordingly.


Supreme Court Timeline Example

  • September 17, 1787 - The Supreme Court is Created
  • March 10, 1810 - Fletcher vs. Peck
  • May 18, 1896 - Plessy vs. Ferguson
  • April 4, 1935 - Supreme Court Building Established
  • March 18, 1963 - Gideon vs. Wainwright
  • September 21, 1981 - Sandra Day O'Connor Appointed
  • June 21, 1989 - Texas vs. Johnson

Extended Activity

To extend this activity, students will create a similar timeline that represents major events from the highest court of the state in which they live. Or, teachers may assign different states to students for a comparative activity.


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Student Instructions

Create a timeline detailing the major events & rulings in the history of the Supreme Court.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Identify important events and rulings and type them into the titles of each cell.
  3. Write a summary of the decision or event in the description box.
  4. Create an illustration using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
  5. Save and submit your storyboard.
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