US History or Civics Government Free Speech Protest Mini Unit

US History or Civics Government Free Speech Protest Mini Unit
US History or Civics Government Free Speech Protest Mini Unit
US History or Civics Government Free Speech Protest Mini Unit
US History or Civics Government Free Speech Protest Mini Unit
US History or Civics Government Free Speech Protest Mini Unit
US History or Civics Government Free Speech Protest Mini Unit
US History or Civics Government Free Speech Protest Mini Unit
US History or Civics Government Free Speech Protest Mini Unit
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Compliment and strengthen any U.S. History or Civics Government unit with this real-life exploration of First Amendment free speech, Supreme Court cases, and protest movements. Anything from the Abolitionist movement to the Civil Rights sit-ins to the Vietnam War can be rounded out with this add-on project mini unit.

Challenge your students to grow beyond simply comprehending historical events and abstract case law and instead decide and demonstrate for themselves what is and isn’t a Constitutional act of free expression, both out in the street and within a school campus.

After learning relevant Constitutional language and Supreme Court decisions, students explore scenes of modern day protest as well as the pages of their own school handbook to answer the question, “Is this protected speech?”

To culminate and demonstrate their learning, students research a current issue of importance to them as well as advice from experts on effective protest sign messaging before creating one of their own. In doing so they must demonstrate understanding of the “school speech” rule as well as rules of design and wit!

By the end of this project, your students will be able to
- Annotate, analyze, and evaluate primary source photographs of recent protest movements and foundational documents
- Infer the point-of-view of protesters’ choices and decide own conclusion about them
- Apply learning to a recent controversial Supreme Court decision as well as their own school setting
- Research and evaluate news media sources for current issues, developing own sign of protest or support

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Greatness is exercising one’s own voice to create positive change.

Leave the boring worksheet and lecture behind and instead lay the foundation and space for your students to knowledgeably practice their Constitutional right of free speech.

The beauty of this thematic project is that it fits with many different U.S. History or American Government and Civics units to best meet your needs, and allows your students to create an authentic product.

Included in this mini unit:

Teacher Materials
- Unit Overview & 3 pages of Daily Lesson Plans from the hook to the project assessment
- Teacher copies & Rubrics, both CCSS-aligned and generic
- 23-slide editable PowerPoint slideshow with images, links, and student directions

Student Materials & Activities
- Concept Definition for students’ unit-long note taking
- Modern Protests examine, analyze, evaluate a collection of recent protest movements to determine what motivates protesters and debate their choices to speak out
- First Amendment Rights closely read and analyze the Founding Fathers’ beliefs, the Constitution's language, and the Supreme Court’s positions on free speech to determine the “rules” regarding this highly protected right, followed by a formative assessment using the recent case, Morse v. Frederick
- My School’s Free Speech explore your school’s own policies and rules regarding free speech to connect to just learned legal precedents and case law
- PROtest CONtest Project research a current issue and express support or opposition through an original poster, supported by step-by-step planning sheet, tips and guidelines, rubrics, (CCSS-aligned and generic)
- BONUS 3 Skill Sheets Annotating a Text, Annotating a Citation, Analyzing News Media Sources

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Total Pages
18 pages + 23 PPT slides
Answer Key
Included with rubric
Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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