Freedom of Speech? A Lesson on Understanding the Protections and Limits of the First Amendment

This lesson plan, provided by The New York Times, explores the concept of freedom of speech as protected by the First Amendment. Students will examine the scope and limitations of these protections through engaging activities and discussions. They will analyze landmark Supreme Court cases, explore current events, and debate real-world scenarios to understand how free speech rights are upheld and where they may be limited. By the end of the lesson, students will have a deeper appreciation for the complexities of the First Amendment and the balance between protecting free expression and maintaining public order.

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