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This lesson is especially relevant now with students pushing the boundaries of speech through social media.
Informational text from the American Bar Association (through CommonLit.org, so it is accessible and has a link to audio and standardized test questions) which covers the very basics of the First Amendment with the freedom of speech for ALL people.
There is a PowerPoint to introduce, as a class, freedom of speech when it comes to students in school versus the general population. There are six different scenarios based on Supreme Court cases involving students and the First Amendment; students argue whether or not the students' rights were violated in each scenario.
Students then use the graphic organizer to do a gallery walk and scan QR Codes to webpages about each of the court cases. Students summarize the case, the ruling, and explain the reasoning behind the ruling.
As an assessment students look at two summaries of cases involving student freedom of speech that did not make it up to the Supreme Court. Students will be asked to act as the Supreme Court in order make a ruling and explain the justification based on what they learned in the lesson.