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Activity Overview


For this activity, students will create scenarios when the protections of the First Amendment are allowed in the classroom and when the First Amendment is not allowed. For each scenario, students are to define which 1st Amendment freedom they are going to visualize, create a visual representation, and then explain in the space below why the action is or is not protected by the First Amendment.

The key teaching point of this activity should be centered around the concept of an action “being disruptive to the educational environment.” Teachers should discuss this concept with their students prior to the assignment. Teachers should show historic examples of silent protests/symbolic speech so students can understand how speech and protests does not always include yelling, shouting, or even sound at all.


Template and Class Instructions

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Objective: Create a storyboard illustrating protest scenarios that are protected by the 1st amendment and which are not within the classroom.

Student Instructions

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. In the title boxes, identify the freedoms you have chosen.
  3. In the description boxes, explain why the action is or isn't protected.
  4. Create a visualization for each using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
  5. Save and submit your storyboard.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 9-12

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual


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