An Introduction to the First Amendment
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Young scholars research and explore the First Amendment and what it means to them.
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Express Yourself Lesson Seed 1
Make a study of the First Amendment and its relationship to freedom. Pupils rewrite the amendment and discuss the central idea before focusing on a specific phrase. After discussing, class members write a journal entry about the included...
6th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
The First Ten Amendments
The Bill of Rights is an important part of the US Constitution. Have small groups translate the amendments into modern language and present their versions, as well as the original versions, to the class. In groups, learners also respond...
5th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
The Emancipation Proclamation and the Thirteenth Amendment
How did the Emancipation Proclamation lead to the Thirteenth Amendment? Middle schoolers analyze primary source documents including the text of the Emancipation Proclamation, political cartoons, photographs, and prints to understand the...
8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
North Carolinians Take a Stand on Ratification of the 19th Amendment
The fight to pass the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution that guaranteed women the right to vote was contentious and divisive. Many states refused to ratify the amendment, initially proposed in 1878. Class members examine documents...
7th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Lesson 4: The Judiciary: A Brief Introduction to the Courts System
Focusing on the judicial branch of government, the fourth lesson in this series explores the structure of the US courts system. Beginning with an engaging activity based on the short story The Lady or the Tiger, students go on to examine...
3rd - 6th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
The “Supreme” in Supreme Court
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....
6th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
The First Amendment: What's Fair in a Free Country
Students describe the contents of the First Amendment while telling about an example of speech that is protected by the Constitution and that which is not. They attempt to apply the First Amendment to situations that could occur in their...
3rd - 5th Social Studies & History
First Amendment and the Future
Students develop a strategy for furthering the First Amendment interest and knowledge in the school through posters, school-wide announcements, speakers, contests and more during the rest of the school year. Student research about free...
8th - 12th Social Studies & History