The Cost of Free Speech: Analysis from Multiple Perspectives & Legal Writing

The Cost of Free Speech: Analysis from Multiple Perspectives & Legal Writing
The Cost of Free Speech: Analysis from Multiple Perspectives & Legal Writing
The Cost of Free Speech: Analysis from Multiple Perspectives & Legal Writing
The Cost of Free Speech: Analysis from Multiple Perspectives & Legal Writing
The Cost of Free Speech: Analysis from Multiple Perspectives & Legal Writing
The Cost of Free Speech: Analysis from Multiple Perspectives & Legal Writing
The Cost of Free Speech: Analysis from Multiple Perspectives & Legal Writing
The Cost of Free Speech: Analysis from Multiple Perspectives & Legal Writing
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The right to free speech is a fundamental right granted by the US Constitution. But how does it apply to students in school?

The Cost of Free Speech is a two part lesson that examines three lawsuits dealing with schools and students' right to free speech.

Lesson 1-

During the Vietnam War students wore black armbands to protest the war. Should they be allowed? How did the Courts rule? What precedent was set?

Lesson 2-

Fast forward to two other cases: A girl protests the "Day of Silence" organized by the Gay/Straight Alliance by wearing a shirt that says "Be Happy, Not Gay. She was sent home. A group of students wear shirts with the American flag to protest a Cinco De Mayo celebration. Fights threatened to break out and they were sent home.

In both cases, the students sued. The Courts ruled in favor of the students in one case, but not the other. Why? How do they relate back to the armband case?

Use law school strategies and high-interest real life cases to engage your students in critical thinking!

The Costs of Free Speech includes:

- Teacher's Guide

- 2 PowerPoint presentations

-Student Sheets available as Word Documents AND editable PDF

-Pre-Made Braincandy Questions (Braincandy is a FREE online platform that allows students to take polls and answer questions in real-time)

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Terms and Conditions: Making and Evaluating Difficult Decisions

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Present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner with relevant evidence, sound valid reasoning, and well-chosen details; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.
Come to discussions prepared, having read or researched material under study; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence on the topic, text, or issue to probe and reflect on ideas under discussion.
Present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner with pertinent descriptions, facts, details, and examples; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.
Acknowledge new information expressed by others and, when warranted, modify their own views.
Present claims and findings, sequencing ideas logically and using pertinent descriptions, facts, and details to accentuate main ideas or themes; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.
Total Pages
25 pages
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Teaching Duration
2 days
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