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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 students' 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.
Students recognize the importance of the Supreme Court. In this legal terminology lesson, students define a list of words to understand the Supreme Court and the language used in cases. Students revise a case summary.
Students research legal terminology used in the Supreme Court. In this legal terminology activity, 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.
Students become familiar with the basic liberties of the Constitution as protected in the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights.
Students discover their First Amendment Rights. In this law and government lesson plan, students examine the regulations that affect their freedom of speech as they investigate several Supreme Court cases.
Students examine the intent  Bill of Rights. In 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.
Learners 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.
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.
Students 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.
High schoolers 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.
Pupils 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.
“Learning to discuss. . . controversial topics in an open and respectful way is a key to ensuring a healthy classroom, school, and community.” Guided by this principle, this resource is structured with a series of exercises that asks class members to explore hate symbols and hate speech. Learners look at the historical significance and harmful effects of these words and symbols, examine the First Amendment and consider how it should apply, and set ground rules for discussing controversial topics “in an open and respectful way.”
Can students be allowed to say what they want in print or on the Internet, free from interference by the school? With the advent of Facebook and other social networking sites where all expressions are chronicled and monitored, where to draw the line on what is legal and free of censorship can become blurry. In a structured academic controversy activity, help your class determine where they stand on the issue of student expression under the First Amendment.

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