The First Amendment | Freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly, and petition

PILLARS OF THE FIRST AMENDMENT

This package of First Amendment cases provides examples of the six pillars of the First Amendment considered the foundation of the Constitution. Each freedom – religion, speech, press, assembly, and petition – is illustrated by a high-profile case that has an impact on today’s teens. These cases are presented in a way that prepares students to explore the issues in a variety of formats in a courtroom – as a civil discussion, an Oxford style debatea Supreme Court oral argument, or a Supreme Court case conference after oral arguments. Each format involves all students as participants.

The First Amendment (1791)

“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 redress of grievances.”

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