This module is for Grades: 9-10 Welcome

When you hear about rulings on Supreme Court cases, do you think about how the rulings may impact your life? The rulings from the bench are majority decisions, which means that more than half of the Supreme Court justices agree with the court ruling.  Some justices may not agree with the majority decision. But when justices rule, there is much more to a Supreme Court ruling than the majority opinion.  The concurring opinion and dissenting opinion are excellent examples of different authors’ points of view on the same subject. 

In this activity, you will examine the differing opinions of Supreme Court justices in three court cases involving student rights, and cite evidence of areas of agreement and disagreement.

Module Objectives

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • Compare two different points of view on the same topic.
  • Cite details as evidence of areas of agreement and disagreement.


Front façade of U.S. Supreme Court

Supreme Court justices often disagree, which provide excellent examples of differing authors’ points of view.

Focus Standard

RH.9-10.6 - Compare the point of view of two or more authors for how they treat the same or similar topics, including which details they include and emphasize in their respective accounts.


  • Author's point of view