Freedom of Expression

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Should democracies include hate speech as a protected right? Scholars analyze the rights found under the First Amendment to the Constitution through researching evidence. Freedom of expression becomes the focal point of the investigation, challenging participants to form their own opinions by the end of the 10-part activity.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Brainstorm ideas of situations that would not be covered under the First Amendment's freedom of speech
  • Research current events to cite examples of hate speech in society 
Classroom Considerations
  • Laminate copies of First Amendment rights for handling over multiple days in class
  • Ensure students understand the rules for deliberation (included in the materials)
  • Resource provides multiple handouts for classroom use
  • Deliberation question with arguments is optional—it's great for speeding up the discussion if time is limited
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