• Plan of Study
  • First Amendment

First Amendment Overview

During this two-week course, students will analyze primary and secondary source documents via the Interactive Constitution to discuss and evaluate the common and divergent viewpoints on the First Amendment of the Constitution from legal scholars, the Founding generation, and fellow students through a civil dialogue that allows students to determine their own points of view and why they hold that viewpoint.

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The associated classroom materials allow educators to work with students for a deeper dive into the meaning of the First Amendment, the four clauses, and select Court cases over the next few class periods.

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Day 1

Introducing the First Amendment

Day 2

Civil Dialogue Primer

Day 3

First Amendment: Speech

Day 4

First Amendment: Press

Day 5

Civil Dialogue on Freedom of Speech and Press

Day 6

First Amendment: Establishment Clause

Day 7

First Amendment: Free Exercise Clause

Day 8

Civil Dialogue on Freedom of Religion

Day 9

Assembly and Petition

Day 10

Classroom Exchange: A National Civil Dialogue On The First Amendment

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