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December 02, 2020

Introducing the First Amendment

Grade Level:



Students will inductively discover the First Amendment by reading and analyzing newspapers. They will discuss various circumstances involving the First Amendment, and so understand that in certain instances – libel, publication of national secrets, etc. – there is a limit to the freedoms expressed in the First Amendment.

Time needed:

1-2 class periods


Materials required:

Introducing the First Amendment Lesson Plan


National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies, National Council for the Social Studies:

Theme 5: Individuals, Groups, and Institutions

Theme 6: Power, Authority, and Governance

Theme 10: Civic Ideals and Practices