To trace the evolution of freedom of speech, of the press, and of religion since the ratification of the First Amendment in 1791.
1 class period
Begin this lesson by reading with the class the introductory paragraphs about civil rights and how courts, especially the Supreme Court, have done the most to define them. I have the kids underline or highlight important words and ideas.
Next, students read about freedom of speech, of the press, and of religion. Each of these freedoms is arranged into its own section containing a word search puzzle followed by a series of statements. Class members must fill in missing words, names, and terms in the statements using words found in the puzzle.
Puzzle 1: Freedom of Speech
Puzzle 2: Freedom of the Press
Puzzle 3: Freedom of Religion
Teacher Instructions and answer key included, along with a 20-question follow up quiz to measure student progress. The quiz can also be given as a homework assignment.