Tinker v. Des Moines

AP US Government and Politics


  1. What is the significance of Tinker v. Des Moines?

  2. Use Tinker v. Des Moines in a sentence:

  3. Describe a connection to Tinker v. Des Moines in current events:

  4. Find an image related to Tinker v. Des Moines:

Fun Facts


Tinker v. Des Moines, 393 U.S. 503, was a landmark decision by the United States Supreme Court that defined First Amendment rights and cemented students’ rights to free speech in public schools.


Tinker v. Des Moines is the reason that you can wear a black arm band to school to protest against freedom of expression.*

Current Events

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AP US Government and Politics

AP US Government and Politics




  1. What is the Constitutional basis for the ruling in Tinker v. Des Moines

  2. What was the most significant consequence of the ruling in Tinker?

  3. In what way does the Tinker ruling directly affect you?

  4. Did you know that if the school bell rings while you are wearing an armband it is called a Tinker bell?**

  5. Do you think the ruling in Tinker was a good ruling?

AP Studio Art

Now draw Tinker v. Des Moines Take 10 or 20 seconds. That’s all you need. Nothing fancy. Don’t expect a masterpiece. Draw with symbols or stick figures if you wish. Now Look at your drawing. You’ve got it. That’s all.

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*That is true but it was also a joke. If you didn’t get it, don’t worry, just ask your teacher to explain. If they can’t explain, it’s time to panic!

**That one is NOT true but it was actually a joke. If you didn’t get it, don’t worry, and don’t bother your teacher about it. They are busy.