First Amendment 31: Making Meaning of the First Amendment – Origins of the First Amendment
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Grades: 6 to 12

View this archived video of our live program with David Robertson, Political Science Professor at the University of Missouri St. Louis and author of The Constitution and America’s Destiny. Topics include:  overview information about First Amendment rights; why and how the rights came about; why these rights are first in the Bill of Rights; and specific landmark court cases related to the rights.

Student Tools
Student Tool 66: Video Reflection Worksheet
Students can use this activity on their own to share their learning and insights about any video they watch independently, and this Student Tool can also be used in conjunction with Teacher Tool 318: Sharing Your Insights Through A Reflection Worksheet as part of a classroom or homeschool activity. This tool can be used with any video on the Educate.Today website.
Teacher Tools
EdTA Teacher Tool 1: 2nd Grade MCA–Drama Machine
This teacher tool provides a Theatre Model Cornerstone Assessment for Grade 2 for the artistic processes of Creating, Performing, Responding, and Connecting.

Students will collectively and collaboratively use body, voice and imagination in a teacher-led machine to express elements of a main character in a story. The students’ work in the guided drama exercise will demonstrate an ability to creatively respond to teacher side-coaching, questioning, and open-ended suggestions with body, voice and imagination. The students’ reflection on the drama exercise will demonstrate an ability to make connections between self, culture, and community.
Teacher Tool 33: Primary Source Activity–The First Amendment
This teacher tool is an example of using primary sources in the classroom to help student learning. Use this lesson plan with the videos listed below and as an example to follow with other videos or images of your own as your students study the origins and current implications and interpretations of the First Amendment. Educate.Today videos related to this teacher tool are:
First Amendment 28: Making Meaning of the First Amendment--Freedom of the Press
First Amendment 31: Making Meaning of the First Amendment--Origins of the First Amendment
First Amendment 43: Making Meaning of the First Amendment--Freedom of Speech
First Amendment 50: Making Meaning of the First Amendment--Freedom of Assembly and Petition
First Amendment 63: Making Meaning of the First Amendment--Freedom of Religion
Teacher Tool 298: Cross Curricular Activity–Evaluating Live Interviews
This cross-curricular teacher tool, accompanying the video above, is designed to get students thinking about: 1) how live interviews can be used to learn information on topics such as those discussed in the video, and 2) the effectiveness of this interview specifically in helping their learning on this topic as well as the effectiveness (strengths and weaknesses) of interviews in general as a source of information.
Teacher Tool 306: Arts Integration Activity–Expressing Understanding Through Drama
This teacher tool, accompanying the video above, provides an Arts Integration activity giving students the opportunity to share their understanding of the subject matter of the video through drama. This teacher tool could be used with any Educate.Today video(s) you our your students choose.
Teacher Tool 307: Arts Integration Activity–Expressing Understanding Through a Graphic Novel
This teacher tool, accompanying the video above, provides an arts integration activity giving students the opportunity to share their understanding of the subject matter of the video through the creation of a graphic novel. This activity could be used with any Educate.Today video(s) of your or your students' choice.
Teacher Tool 317: Cross Curricular Activity–Sharing Insights Through a Journal Entry
This teacher tool, accompanying the video above, provides an Interdisciplinary activity that invites students to write a journal entry that shares learning and insights they gained by watching the video. This tool can be used with any video on the Educate.Today website.
Teacher Tool 318: Cross Curricular Activity–Video Reflection
This teacher tool, accompanying the video above, provides an Interdisciplinary activity that invites students to complete a reflection worksheet to share learning and insights they gained by watching the video. This tool can be used with any video on the Educate.Today website.
Teacher Tool 320: Vocabulary Interesting to Me
This teacher tool, accompanying the video above, invites students to increase their vocabulary by selecting, and learning the definitions of, words in the video that are unknown and/or interesting to them. This tool can be used with any video on the Educate.Today website.
Teacher Tool 321: Vocabulary Activity
This teacher tool, accompanying the video above, asks students to listen for certain vocabulary words you have selected and define them in two ways: 1) contextually based on what they think the definition might be based on what they learn in the video; and 2) through a dictionary to either confirm or refine their contextual definition. This tool can be used with any video on the Educate.Today website.
Teacher Tool 344: Guest Biography–David Robertson
This document provides a short biography of political science professor and author David Robertson who joins us as an expert guest in the following Educate.Today videos: First Amendment-50, First Amendment-31, First Amendment-32, First Amendment-33, First Amendment-34, First Amendment-35, First Amendment-36, First Amendment-37, First Amendment-38, First Amendment-39.
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