Speaking Freely In the Soviet Union's Autocratic Government

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Speak your mind! The lesson explores the difference in free speech between the United States and the Soviet Union. Academics review the constitutions of both governments, political cartoons, and case studies to understand how freedom of speech has been addressed. Scholars complete a three-flap organizer and share their findings with the class.  

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Instructional Ideas
  • Compare the free speech policies between modern-day Russia and the Soviet Union 
  • Guide a group discussion on how the Supreme Court has addressed freedom of speech 
Classroom Considerations
  • Lesson required two days to complete 
  • Lesson provides key vocabulary 
  • Resource includes a homework assignment  
  • None