Making Meaning of the First Amendment – Freedom of Religion
Grades: 6 - 12

Video Description: Jessie Steffan, Staff Attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri, ACLU, shares insights and answers student questions on First Amendment Right of Freedom of Religion. Topics include the Founding Framers’ views of the Freedom of Religion, important Supreme Court cases dealing with Freedom of Religion in the school environment, other important court cases dealing with the right and analysis on how the court balances this right with other rights.

Type of Video: Interview*
Unique Video ID: First Amendment-63**

Quick Ideas for Using the Video:

  • Provide the video for students doing independent projects on origins of the Constitution, the First Amendment, freedom of religion, and/or related topics.
  • Use the video in a flipped learning activity and have students come to class prepared to share two insights gained by watching the video and two questions they’d like answered through their own or class research.


*Interviews feature extended conversation exploring fascinating topics with fascinating people in the area of study.

**The unique Video ID can be used to quickly locate a single video in the ET collection. This search function is designed to let teachers assign students to watch a specific video and have only that video appear as a search result. Just click on Search and choose “By Video ID.” Then type in the Video ID as it appears above. Be sure to include the dash.