Drafting Board: Student Expression

This Drafting Board: Student Expression interactive also includes:

Are wearing t-shirts with logos at school a form of self-expression, and therefore protected speech? After considering two conflicting claims, writers craft an essay that uses evidence drawn from provided materials to support one of the claims.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • The program permits teachers to select the level of challenge and the level of scaffolding; preview the entire packet to determine whether to select the same levels for all class members or to individualize the instruction

Classroom Considerations

  • Requires registration for a free iCivics.org account
  • Involves consider prep time to establish student accounts, to determine the appropriate level for each class member, to choose the pre-writing activity, and to copy required materials
  • Each class member must have access to a computer


  • Provides five levels of challenge and three possible levels of scaffolding 
  • The 16-page teacher's guide provides step-by-step directions for the interactive 

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