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Students are introduced to their First Amendment rights and the limits to their freedom of speech and press in school. They examine the Tinker vs. Des Moines School Supreme Court Case.
A discussion of the Supreme Court’s Opinion of Tinker v. Des Moines generates a discussion of the Bill of Rights and the First Amendment. Although the key elements of this lesson are based on a video that is not included, the activities suggested are sure to engage the interest of your class.
Should schools restrict learners' freedom of expression? Expert groups examine one of six primary source documents and then engage in a jigsaw discussion of this hot-button topic. Individuals then craft an expository essay, taking a position on the topic and citing evidence from the documents. A great way to prepare for the DBQ portion of the US history AP exam.
Should the school district implement a mandatory school uniform policy? After reading a series of primary and secondary source documents, class members are assigned roles and engage in a mock school board meeting about the question. Included in the packet is a sample essay, rubric, and the documents. The exercise concludes with individuals crafting a editorial that presents the position of their character.
Learners recognize the importance of the Supreme Court. In this legal terminology lesson plan, students define a list of words to understand the Supreme Court and the language used in cases. Learners revise a case summary.
Students research legal terminology used in the Supreme Court. For this legal terminology lesson, students study a quote from President Obama about the Supreme Court. Students make a list of facts about the Supreme Court and the justices of the Supreme Court. Students research a case from 1965 and learn a series of legal terminology. Students work in groups to write case summaries and include the legal terms in the descriptions.
Students review case summaries.  In this case summary lesson, students examine case summaries and opinions.  Groups of students discuss each opinion and write their own opinion of the decision.  Groups present their brief to the class.
Learners become familiar with the basic liberties of the Constitution as protected in the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights.
High schoolers discover their First Amendment Rights. In this law and government lesson, students examine the regulations that affect their freedom of speech as they investigate several Supreme Court cases.
Students examine the intent  Bill of Rights. For this American government lesson, students watch segments of the Discovery video "The Bill of Rights."  Students discuss and debate the 4 Supreme Court cases featured in the video.
High schoolers examine different Supreme Court cases and discuss First Amendment rights.
Students become aware of the basic liberties of speech, press, religion, assembly and petition through study of Supreme Court cases. Student groups analyae some cases heard by the Supreme Court to further their understanding of the First Amendment.
Can schools ban t-shirts picturing musical groups or bands? Your young citizens will find out with this resource, which includes a summary of a United States Supreme Court case from the 1960s about a similar dispute over students wearing black armbands and protesting the Vietnam War. Find out what the courts said, and what all this has to do with freedom of speech!
Foster discussion in your advanced high school history class with primary sources from the Vietnam War era. After a timeline activity involving manipulatives, pupils get down to business analyzing and categorizing the document set. All of this work is in preparation for a fish bowl discussion and timed essay.
Students consider the First Amendment guarantee of freedom of speech. They examine some landmark cases supporting the freedom of speech and engage in a debate about the extent to which freedom of speech rights should apply to school students.
Young scholars apply the concept of jurisdiction to classroom rules, identify court-recognized student rights and create a list of behaviors in a classroom that might violate students rights.
Students analyze Supreme Court decisions and their effect on students. They discuss current events realted to the U.S. Constitution and review cases that impact students. They identify each case with its facts, issues, and arguments.
Students identify at least three places presenting First Amendment problems. They analyze how the First Amendment applies to school newspapers. Students argue for and against limiting First Amendment rights in school. They analyze th judicial decision making process.
Students examine their individual rights at a public school. In groups, they identify the most common ways of expressing themselves and why they should limit their speech in public. They compare and contrast two cases in which they identify the main issues presented.
Does a public school have the right to restrict what t-shirts students wear? Discover what happened when this question was brought to the Supreme Court, and review other major cases in United States history involving judicial review. Your learners will also analyze another case involving student rights, identifying the constitutional right being discussed and any corresponding precendents and limitations.

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