First Amendment 63: Making Meaning of the First Amendment—Freedom of Religion

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View this archived video of our live program with Jessie Steffan, Staff Attorney with the ACLU of Missouri as she shares insights and answers student questions on first amendment right of freedom of religion.  Topics include:  founding father views of the freedom, 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.

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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Teacher Tool 348: Guest Biography--Jessie Steffan

This document provides a short biography of Jessie Steffan, Staff Attorney for the ACLU of Missouri, who joins us as an expert guest in the following Educate.Today videos: First Amendment-63, First Amendment-64, First Amendment-65, First Amendment-67, First Amendment-68, First Amendment-69, First Amendment-70, First Amendment-71, First Amendment-72, First Amendment-73, Sample Video-98.

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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.

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