Schenck v. US

Freedom of speech is absolute—or is it? The Supreme Court case Schenck v. United States has learners research what free speech really looks like. A short video along with paired work creates open discussion and thought on what speech is allowed and what might be considered a clear and present danger to society. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Extend the lesson with a reading on the case Schenck v United States and its impact on freedom of speech
  • Assign an additional video for homework on a review of the case
Classroom Considerations
  • Includes Stop and Think sections of the lesson, which require stopping the video at certain points 
  • Lesson includes video to assist audio and visual learning
  • Resource provides detailed plans for teacher use throughout the lesson 
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