In this activity students will consider the recent Supreme Court case Elonis vs. the United States and consider whether the Supreme Court's decision was too restrictive or too unlimited in protecting American's right to free speech. Then students will categorize the various forms of speech and determine whether the speech is/is not protected based on past Supreme Court decisions. Students will need to apply one of the types of speech researched to a current event that relates to the form of speech. And last, in a written assessment complete with a rubric, students will need to synthesize all of this information into a short answer argumentative response, supporting their position with evidence from the numerous activities completed over the course of the past few days.
P.S. (For the Elonis v. U.S. case I like to play the censored version of Eminem's song Kim to make the connection between Elonis's claim at the decision of the SUpreme Court.)