Marbury v. Madison (1803) -iCivics

Lesson Duration

From iCivics’ Landmark Library

Students will:

  • Define “judicial review” and describe its importance.
  • Identify the main arguments put forth in the case.
  • Describe the Supreme Court’s decision and analysis.
  • Identify the impact of the Court’s decision on the judicial branch.
  • Identify ways Congress can respond when the Supreme Court strikes down a law.

Activity: Students look at four laws the Supreme Court has struck down and guess what happened next – did Congress change the law, repeal the law and pass a new one, drop the subject, or amend the Constitution?

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