Type:

Lesson Plan

Description:

America's Founders recognized the necessity to republicanism of vigorous public debate and enshrined the right to speak freely in the Bill of Rights for this purpose. This component of the Constitution protects a wide range of speech, including speech we might find disagreeable; this is when the First Amendment's importance becomes most obvious. While the First Amendment's primary purpose was to protect political speech, or preferred speech, its protections do have limits. This lesson explores this essential principle of free speech.

Subjects:

  • Social Studies > Civics
  • Social Studies > United States History

Education Levels:

  • Grade 9
  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12

Keywords:

Civil DiscourseIndividual ResponsibilityLibertyInalienable Rights, Freedom of Speech Bill of Rights, Constitution, Supreme Court The Founding, American Revolution

Language:

English

Access Privileges:

Public - Available to anyone

License Deed:

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial
Update Standards?

D2.Civ.3.3-5: College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards

Examine the origins and purposes of rules, laws, and key U.S. constitutional provisions.

D2.Civ.4.9-12: College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards

Explain how the U.S. Constitution establishes a system of government that has powers, responsibilities, and limits that have changed over time and that are still contested.

D2.Civ.10.3-5: College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards

Identify the beliefs, experiences, perspectives, and values that underlie their own and others' points of view about civic issues.

D2.Civ.8.6-8: College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards

Analyze ideas and principles contained in the founding documents of the United States, and explain how they influence the social and political system.
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