Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District: Impact on Free Speech in Schools


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The _____ Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects people's right to free expression.

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1. The Supreme Court case that found students had a right to free expression was:

2. Under the Tinker Test, why would a school be allowed to prevent student expression?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and accompanying worksheet help you to assess your understanding of the Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District court case and how it relates to students' rights. Topics you should be familiar with to pass the quiz include the U.S. Constitutional amendment protecting free expression and the exceptions to that right.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to gauge your knowledge of:

  • John Tinker's and Christopher Eckhardt's protest
  • The test used to determine if a student's freedom of expression infringes on the rights of others or disrupts the educational process
  • U.S. Constitutional amendment that protects free expression
  • An exception to the right to free speech
  • Supreme Court case where it was found students have the right to free expression

Skills Practiced

Practice these skills as you complete the quiz and worksheet:

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the test used to determine whether a school can limit a student's free expression
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the purpose of limiting student expression at school in a different light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you have gained regarding the event Tinker and Eckhardt were protesting

Additional Learning

To learn more about the case of Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District, check out the related lesson Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District: Impact on Free Speech in Schools. That lesson covers these objectives:

  • Understand the Constitutional protection to free expression and exceptions to that protection
  • Explore how Tinker and Eckhardt conducted a protest at school
  • Identify the consequences for Tinker and Eckhart
  • Recognize the Supreme Court's decision on the case and how it changed the way schools could limit students' free expression