Educator Resources for Argument Wars

Argument Wars is a series of games made up of landmark Supreme Court cases, including Brown v. Board of Education and New Jersey v. T.L.O. In each game, a player takes the role of a lawyer who represents one side in the case. First, he or she must determine the best argument and then support that argument using a variety of possible statements. Choosing the best supporting statement helps the player advance, but he or she must be prepared to sometimes explain to the judge how the chosen support relates to a main argument. And watch out! The computer-generated opponent is clever and has some good arguments for winning the other side of the case.

Judicial System Lesson Plan: The Argument Wars Game

In this lesson plan adaptable for grade 6, grade 7, grade 8, grade 9, grade 10, grade 11, and grade 12, students use BrainPOP and GameUp resources to learn about the purpose and function of the Supreme Court. Students will use basic legal vocabulary terms as they role play the position of a defendant, prosecutor, and jury in an interactive game. The game gives students a meaningful way to use the information they’re learning about the Bill of Rights and the American court system to defend a given point of view during mock trials. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »