iCivics – “Argument Wars” game and “Extension Pack”

Lesson Duration

From iCivics

Ever tried to win a disagreement? In Argument Wars, you will try out your persuasive abilities by arguing a real Supreme Court case. The other lawyer is your competition. Whoever uses the strongest arguments wins! 

Play the game: https://www.icivics.org/games/argument-wars

Make your students’ game play more meaningful with activities designed specifically for Argument Wars. 

Go to Argument Wars Extension Pack: https://www.icivics.org/teachers/lesson-plans/new-argument-wars-extension-pack

Lesson Objectives:

• Explore the nature of court cases about constitutional rights

• Analyze the kinds of support used to argue a constitutional rights case

• Identify appropriate arguments for landmark Supreme Court cases

Cases include:

  • Bond v. United States
  • Brown v. Board of Education
  • Gideon v. Wainwright
  • Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier
  • In Re Gault
  • Miranda v. Arizona
  • New Jersey v. T.L.O.
  • Snyder v. Phelps 
  • Texas v. Johnson




iCivics is a nationally-renowned site founded by former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor that provides innovative and interactive curricula and activities for civics/government classrooms.