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One Step Forward for First Amendment Rights (Warm Up/Review)

This activity will help prepare you to learn about the Hazelwood case.  It can also be used as a review activity after you have studied the case.

Directions

Stand shoulder to shoulder with other students along a line on one side of the room.  You will be asked several questions.  For each question, if you can answer “yes,” take one step forward.  If not, continue standing where you are.       

The purpose of this is to help you remember something in the end, so do not worry if you have forgotten something at the moment.  There will be no “winner” - only students who remember more than they did before the activity.

Here is a list of possible statements your teacher will say aloud.  (He or she may not use them all.)  Remember, if you can answer “yes,” then step forward.  Be prepared to explain your answer or your opinion.  If you cannot answer yes at first, use the space next to each question to fill in the answers during the class discussion.

  1. I know one right that people have in our country.
  2. I can name the important document that gives the framework for our country’s government.
  3. I know which part of the Constitution includes the rights of the people.
  4. I know which Constitutional Amendment provides people with freedom expression.
  5. I can name at least two rights protected by the First Amendment.
  6. I can name at least one more right (protected by the First Amendment.)
  7. I can name all five major rights protected by the First Amendment. 
  8. I can explain who the Bill of Rights protects people from.
  9. I think there should be no limitations on these rights.
  10. I can name at least one exception to when the government can restrict or limit freedom of speech.
  11. I think freedom of the press is more important than the right to assemble.
  12. I think freedom of the press means that the press can write (or say) whatever it wants whenever it wants to. 
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