Student Speech: Is it Protected in Print and on the Internet?

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Can students be allowed to say what they want in print or on the Internet, free from interference by the school? With the advent of Facebook and other social networking sites where all expressions are chronicled and monitored, where to draw the line on what is legal and free of censorship can become blurry. In a structured academic controversy activity, help your class determine where they stand on the issue of student expression under the First Amendment.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Pros

  • Interesting student readings and descriptions of real court cases regarding the issue
  • Graphic organizer and rubric for position paper included
Cons

  • Formatting of documents is a bit unorganized - you may wish to recreate your own using the given information
  • Have your students read the documents for homework the night before so they have had an opportunity to interact with the text before discussing it with their classmates in groups