Lesson Plans and Teaching Resources

The Tinker case and ruling affect young people in real ways, and make for lively discussions of the First Amendment in American life. There are a number of curriculum and resources available. Here are a few:

 

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To see Mary Beth’s original armband, and also a great display about students’ rights, visit the Newseum when you’re in Washington DC with your students.  They have classes and curriculum on “Tinker” available as well.

 

National Constitution Center on “Tinker”

 

C-SPAN Program on “Tinker” on 40th Anniversary of the ruling, Feb. ’09

with Greta Brawner, Maryam Ahranjani & Tom Hutton

 

Street Law Inc. & The Supreme Court Historical Society present Landmark Cases

 

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The First Amendment Game: Tinker v. Des Moines by the Annenberg Institute for Civics.  Using the landmark case about students’ right to free speech, this game launches students on a journey to the U.S. Supreme Court. Along the way are mini-games and challenges that teach about the First Amendment, the Tinker case, legal concepts and how the federal courts work.

 

Education4Freedom.bannerEducation for Freedom: Lesson Plans for Teaching the First Amendment, created by the Freedom Forum’s First Amendment Center, a nonpartisan center dedicated to the understanding and appreciation of the values of the First Amendment. These lessons (beginning and advanced levels) address constitutional principles and contemporary issues involving the First Amendment and include a specific unit on the Supreme Court’s 1969 decision in Tinker v.DesMoines Indep. School Dist.

 

The Southern Poverty Law Center’s TEACHING TOLERANCE lesson puts “Tinker” in the context of civil rights and human rights

 

Also, check the First Amendment Center’s links on the First Amendment

 

and recent NEWSEUM blogs related to “Tinker”

 

OHIO STATE BAR FOUNDATION:  “Free Speech, Press, Religion, Press, Assembly, Petition” (Student speech p. 14-38) 8233651

 

icivicsFounded by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor in 2009, iCivics strives to reverse Americans’ declining civic knowledge and participation. Securing our democracy, O’Connor believes, requires teaching the next generation to understand and respect our system of governance. Their curriculum includes a lesson discussing the impact of the Tinker ruling on student dress codes.

 

ACSAmerican Constitution Society for Law and Policy has created materials that help volunteer law students teach high school and middle school students about free speech in schools and the impact of the Tinker case.

 

New York Times: 10 Cases Every Teen Should Know

 

Media Law Resource Center: Curriculum on Censorship

 

National School Boards Association:  Off-campus, Online Student Speech Cases Chart   (And how cases cite “Tinker” or “Fraser”)

Friday, August 19, 2011
School Law Resources

8/19/2011 – Four federal circuits have ruled on school districts disciplining students for off-campus, on-line student speech. This chart summarizes the facts, holding, and legal standards applied in all the circuit and district court cases involving off-campus, on-line student speech.

FOR CONSTITUTION DAY:

National Constitution Center, “Free To Be” lesson on First Amendment

Free to Be You

This lesson helps students understand how the First Amendment establishes key freedoms of expression for Americans.

Grade:12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6
Standards:

 

Journalism Education Association Constitution Day Curriculum:  http://jeasprc.org/constitution-day-2013-teaching-materials-and-lessons/

One response to “Lesson Plans and Teaching Resources

  1. I was around for Tinker and then around for Hazelwood (and one of the Supreme Court justices involved that decision had been editor of the student newspaper I have advised for 50 years and another was the father of two of our editors) and what I always think about is how these decisions very much aligned with the times. Tinker came at a time of much activism among young people, optimism about effecting change, and dynamic high school education. Hazelwood came in when a more solemn and even grim mood began to take over high school administration and education. I’m from St. Louis and knew the adviser involved, who truly was an innocent victim, and was so proud of the Post-Dispatch publishing the censored portions of the Hazelwood issue of the school paper. Also, being from St. Louis, I am aware of how unreliable the Supreme Court and all courts are in protecting freedom and the rights of expression. It was in St. Louis that a slave was denied his right to freedom in the long ago, a long ago which in some ways is still with us right now.

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