Constitution Day First Amendment Activity-Would you fight for all 5?

Constitution Day First Amendment Activity-Would you fight for all 5?
Constitution Day First Amendment Activity-Would you fight for all 5?
Constitution Day First Amendment Activity-Would you fight for all 5?
Constitution Day First Amendment Activity-Would you fight for all 5?
Constitution Day First Amendment Activity-Would you fight for all 5?
Constitution Day First Amendment Activity-Would you fight for all 5?
Constitution Day First Amendment Activity-Would you fight for all 5?
Constitution Day First Amendment Activity-Would you fight for all 5?
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This PowerPoint/Keynote goes was made to coincide with the Newseum lesson called "Would you fight for all 5?" You can download it for free on the Newseum website under lesson plans and I made this to go along with it. I use this each year for my activity on Constitution Day. The kids love it because there is a lot of discussion, debating, and it deals with something they can relate to. I love it for the same reason.

The lesson begins with me asking them what would happen if we had to choose just one of the freedoms from the Constitution. I hold four rounds of voting where the class determines which of the freedoms (speech, press, assembly, petition, or religion) they want to eliminate.
Between each round I have a timer I set which gives them time to discuss which liberty to eliminate while I walk around the room and listen and question their thinking. Next I have another timer that allows them to write. Throughout the entire lesson they are discussing, writing, then debating. Once we vote I then ask the students to defend their position and provide reasons for the elimination of one of the 5 freedoms. Many times I don't have to say anything except "Does anyone disagree with what was just said?"

By the end of the lesson once the students are down to two (my class almost always has speech and religion left) and they have to decide they begin to see how all of these lessons are intertwined and the loss of one impacts another.

My students have told me this is one of their favorite lessons of the year and at least one student from each class asks if we can do more stuff like this in class! There are 27 slides and I never get through all of them in my 50 minute classes. It could easily be used over a two day period or if you are on 90 minute schedules you could accomplish the whole thing.


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