First Amendment: Press

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Constitutional Questions

How does freedom of the press relate to freedom of speech?

Students explore the scope and limitations of the First Amendment provision that protects Freedom of the Press. The lesson poses a hypothetical scenario involving student journalists handling private information. After a brief class discussion, students investigate the history, various interpretations, and modern relevance of First Amendment Freedom of the Press protections in the Interactive Constitution. The lesson builds on the Freedom of Speech lesson plan by asking students to compare and contrast the freedoms of speech and press through discussion questions including: How are speech and press related? and How are speech and press key to democratic functions? Students will demonstrate understanding by applying Supreme Court decisions, including the AP Government and Politics required case New York Times Co. v. United States, to evaluate the scenario presented earlier in the lesson.

Video: Speech and Press Lesson Part I
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Classroom Materials

Freedom of Press

This lesson builds on the Freedom of Speech lesson plan by asking students to compare and contrast the freedoms of speech and press.

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Common Interpretation

Freedom of Speech and the Press

by Geoffrey R. Stone and Eugene Volokh

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Matters of Debate

Fixing Free Speech

by Geoffrey R. Stone

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Frontiers for Free Speech

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