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

Lesson Duration

In Argument Wars, students try out their persuasive abilities by arguing a real Supreme Court case. The other lawyer plays their competition. Whoever uses the strongest arguments wins! Students:

• 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

Landmark 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.