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The First Amendment

The First Amendment

Author: Marissa Chavez

Standard: 12.5.1 – Understand the changing interpretations of the Bill of Rights over time, including interpretations of the basic freedoms (religion, speech, press, petition, and assembly) articulated in the First Amendment and the due process and equal-protection-of-the-law clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment.

Objective: Students will be able to apply the first amendment of the U.S. Constitution to real-world scenarios.

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Please watch this short video to review the elements of the First Amendment.

The First Amendment can be interpreted in various ways. 

Read the article below to delve into scenarios in which the First Amendment may or may not protect you.

"The First Amendment doesn't guarantee you the rights you think it does" 

The First Amendment in the News

In December, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case, Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission.

Please watch this video to familiarize yourself with one example of how the First Amendment has been used within the past year.

The Big Picture

To complete this tutorial, please click the link below and provide a response to demonstrate your understanding of "the big picture."