Now-retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen Breyer holds up a copy of the United States Constitution as he announces his retirement in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., Jan. 27, 2022. AP Photo/Andrew Harnik
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” — The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
Teachers, it's Constitution Week 2022 (Sept. 16-23). A great way to fulfill your teaching requirement is to zero in on the amendment that keeps us free ... the First Amendment. And the Free Speech Center, we're offering a new resource that will help you do that — Lessons in Liberty.
This extensive compilation of First Amendment and Bill of Rights lesson plans and teaching materials, including videos, will help you craft lessons that will engage, excite and inspire you and your students. Take a look at Lessons and Liberty and you'll find you can select resources from the five freedom categories of the First Amendment — Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Press, Freedom of Religion, Freedom of Assembly, and Freedom to Petition the Government. There's also a General category.
The "freedom category" feature will help you creatively tailor your teaching using historical materials alongside contemporary First Amendment issues. The primers and lessons may be used in history and government, civics, language arts and journalism, art, and debate classes.
Lessons in Liberty is a project in progress, with new resources being added as they are found. So if you find one that's not there, send us the link! We're at FreeSpeechCenter@mtsu.edu.
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