Make knowledge your super power.
Civics education is critical to fostering engaged citizens who understand our democracy and the liberties it protects. The State Bar of Texas wants to ensure Texas students and teachers have the resources they need to fully explore the important role of the judicial system in our country and state.
Oyez, Oyez, Oh Yay!* focuses on the landmark court decisions that Texas students must know to be successful in preparing for the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) assessment tests in U.S. government and history. TEKS Standards
Students and teachers can search through the case summaries, videos and other helpful resources. And teachers, there are teaching strategies and suggested curriculum materials just for you.
Landmark Court Cases Texas Students Need to Know
Middle School (8th Grade)
- Marbury v. Madison (1803)
- McCulloch v. Maryland (1819)
- Gibbons v. Ogden (1824)
- Worcester v. Georgia (1832)
- Dred Scott v. Sandford (1857)
- Plessy v. Ferguson (1896)
- Schenck v. United States (1919)
- Mendez v. Westminster (1946)
- Delgado v. Bastrop ISD (1948)
- Sweatt v. Painter (1950)
- Brown v. Board of Education (1954)
- Hernandez v. Texas (1954)
- Mapp v. Ohio (1961)
- Baker v. Carr (1962)
- Engel v. Vitale (1962)
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*What Does "Oyez, Oyez, Oyez" mean?
"Oyez" is primarily pronounced "o-yay," although sometimes as "o-yez" or "o-yes." It is used three times in succession to introduce the opening of a court of law, especially the U.S. Supreme Court. Word origin is Middle English and descends from the Anglo-Norman "oyez," the plural imperative form of "oyer" ("to hear"). Thus, it means "hear ye" – a common call for silence or attention in medieval England.