The Development and Application of the First Amendment

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What are the limits on freedom of speech? While a cherished right in the Constitution, it is not unbridled. Budding historians consider what checks should exist on this liberty using news stories, court cases, and College Board prompts.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Ask pupils to view news clips in the lesson to discuss when officials should step in and limit protests
Classroom Considerations

  • Assumes learners have background knowledge of the Bill of Rights
  • Requires computer access for some activities

  • Use of primary sources and court cases gives individuals practice at sharpening their skills using primary sources
  • Structured activities allow teachers to scaffold learning

  • While parts of this lesson plan are useable, a foundational website, Writing Rights, is no longer live