Lesson Plan

First Amendment Rights

The student will understand some limits placed on 1st amendment rights and reasons for those limits.
Mary M.
Classroom teacher
Boiling Springs High School
Boiling Springs, United States
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My Grades 12
My Subjects Social Studies

Students will be able to.describe the provisions listed in the 1st Amendment and discuss the pros and cons of limits placed on those rights.

Social Studies
Grades 12
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1 The hook.

Activity: Other — YouTube

Ask the students, "What are the rights included in the First Amendment in our Constitution?"

Student Instructions

Listen closely to the video, make notes, and be ready for a class discussion following the YouTube video.

2 Class discussion

Activity: Debating

Teacher will guide students through questioning what the list of rights in the 1st Amendment would allow and what would be some situtations that would not be covered.

Student Instructions

Students will brainstorm and discuss situations that would be covered by the 1st Amendment rights and what would be situtations that would not be appropriate and why.

3 Guided group research

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Teacher needs to have the class divided into 4 to 5 groups depending on the size of the class along with court cases that have resolved different questions on 1st Amendment rights.


Student Instructions

Each group will be responsible for researching specific court cases and preparing posters to present to the remainder of the class.

Research Activity

You are assigned to a specific group.

Each group is responsible for researching a court case involving a specific part of the freedom of speech section of the First Amendment.

You will then use a white board app to prepare a presentation for your classmates to explain the arguments for and against the freedom of speech application in your case.

One Whiteboard app would be https://www.movenote.com.   This one would be useful because it will allow you to collabrate and work on either different pages or the same page at the same time.




Group 1:  http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/historics/USSC_CR_0508_0384_ZS.html


Group 2: http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/historics/USSC_CR_0372_0229_ZS.html


Group 3: http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/historics/USSC_DN_0001_0521_ZS.html


Group 4: http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/historics/USSC_DN_0000_0795_ZS.html


4 Group Collabration

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Teacher will move around the room answering questions and making suggestions if needed as the students prepare their research and presentation.

Student Instructions

Students will combine the results of their research into a presentation using Movenote that they will share with the class.

5 Presentations and Wrap-up

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Teacher will help each group if needed with how to airplay their presentations or show from the class computer.

The teacher will also instruct the class to take notes on the material presented by each group for final question/answer session and discussion.

Student Instructions

Students will present the results from their unique case to the class and will share their presentations from Movenote.

Students are responsible for making notes on all other presentations for class question/answer session and concluding discussion.