Lesson Plan

‘45 Words' Video Lesson

A short video introduces viewers to the political struggles involved in passing the First Amendment and the many challenges it has faced since its passage.  Viewers then discuss how to balance issues of freedom of the press, national security, and unity.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Review the questions on the viewing guide before starting the video
  • Pause the video frequently to permit viewers to take notes
  • Extend the lesson to include a discussion of the events of January 6, 2021
  • Assign the after-you-watch comprehensive questions as homework to provide viewers with an opportunity to reflect before the discussion
  • To conclude the lesson, individuals select one of the eight extension activities to research and report on to the class
Classroom Considerations
  • Scholars should have background knowledge of the positions of the Federalists and Antifederalists as well as of the Sedition Act
  • The "45 Words" video is available on YouTube
  • Includes a list of extension activities that have scholars researching key elements of the lesson in greater detail
  • None
Common Core