Unit Plan

Using the Newspaper to Teach the Five Freedoms of the First Amendment

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Of all the amendments found in The Bill of Rights, the First Amendment contains some of the most important freedoms for American citizens. A unit plan on the First Amendment features interactive lesson plans designed to teach about those five freedoms: freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of petition, and freedom of assembly. The lessons incorporate parts of a newspaper, graphic organizers, and other historic American texts, such as Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech and "The Star Spangled Banner."

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Watch for news stories relevant to the freedoms guaranteed in the First Amendment and bring in copies or show videos of the stories to reinforce the relevance of the amendment today
Classroom Considerations
  • Lists applicable Common Core State Standards for individual lessons on page six of the document
  • Many lessons require index cards, highlighters, copies of newspapers, and other physical materials
  • Features individual lessons for elementary, middle, and high school students
  • Provides clear objectives and procedures for each lesson
  • Includes rubrics for many of the activities
  • Many lessons require multiple copies of physical newspapers, which may be difficult to obtain or take up a lot of space in the classroom