First Amendment 43: Making Meaning of the First Amendment—Freedom of Speech
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Grades: 6 to 12

View this archived video of our live program with Hon. Nannette Baker, Chief Magistrate Judge of the Eastern District Court of Missouri and Mary Beth Tinker of the landmark Supreme Court case Tinker v. Des Moines.  Topics include:  definitions of types of speech, examples of free speech rights, how the courts balance free speech rights against other rights, laws, and policies, and a discussion of Tinker v. Des Moines and other landmark cases regarding students and free speech.

In addition to the detailed lesson plans and activity ideas included with the Teacher and Student Tools below, here’s a a quick suggestion for use of this video:

  • Free speech is an important element of our rights as Americans.  Have your learners view this program and then research free speech rights in other countries.  Did they find countries with more or less restrictive free speech policies?  Have learners role play authorities in our country and another.  They should be able to explain the right or lack thereof to free speech in both countries.
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
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 319: Cross Curricular Activity–Sharing Learning Verbally
This teacher tool, accompanying the video above, provides an Interdisciplinary activity that invites students to share learning and insights they gained by watching the video through verbal sharing and conversation. 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 329: Understanding Primary and Secondary Sources
Educate.Today is full of primary sources to use with your students. This teacher tool focuses on understanding the difference between primary sources and secondary sources and provides an example of an activity to do with students to build their effective use of primary sources in a research project.
Teacher Tool 345: Guest Biography–Honorable Nannette Baker
This document provides a short biography of the Honorable Nannette Baker, Chief Magistrate Judge for the U.S District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, who joins as an expert guest in the following Educate.Today videos: First Amendment-43, First Amendment-44, First Amendment-45, First Amendment-47, First Amendment-48, First Amendment-49, Sample Video-96.
Teacher Tool 699: Presentation/Speech Activity–Making Meaning of the First Amendment
Download this teacher tool for a lesson plan providing a presentation/speech activity that gives students the opportunity to express their point of view about one of the freedoms outlined in the First Amendment.
Teacher Tool 770: Quick Ideas for Using Our Archived Programs
The archives of our live, interactive programs provide a unique resource for you and your students—all the benefits of having a guest speaker in your classroom or taking students on a field trip without the hassles of scheduling on your own PLUS some unique additional advantages as well. Some of those advantages are related to time. Others are related to flexibility of use. Couldn’t join us live? No problem. With this resource, material included in the live program can assist student learning in the best, differentiated way for your classroom. Download this document for some quick ideas on ways to use this unique resource.
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