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First Amendment: Student Freedom of Speech

The First Amendment’s right to free speech is one of our most important rights as citizens. But what does freedom of speech mean for students in public schools? How do you balance a school’s need for order with a student’s right to free expression? This film explores the evolution of student free speech rights through Supreme Court cases, from Tinker v. Des Moines to Mahanoy Area School District v. B.L., the case of the Snapchatting cheerleader.

(28 min)

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Annenberg Guide to the Constitution

The original text is paired with an explanation of the meaning of each article and amendment, creating an excellent research tool for understanding our founding document.

A complete curriculum on the United States Constitution

Use this guide to find videos and games that connect to the articles and amendments in the Constitution. Also available as a PDF to download and print.

The Origin and Nature of the Constitution

Separation of Powers

Three Branches of Government

Article I: The Legislative Branch

Article II: The Executive Branch

Article III: The Judicial Branch

The Amendments and Landmark Cases

First Amendment: Freedom of Speech, Religion, and Press

Fourth Amendment: Freedom from Unreasonable Search and Seizure

Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Amendments: Juries and Trials

Sixth Amendment: Right to a Speedy Trial, Impartial Jury, Confrontation of Witnesses, and Counsel

Fourteenth Amendment: Due Process, Equal Protection, and Discrimination

Why is all this free? is a project of the Leonore Annenberg Institute for Civics, a nonprofit, nonpartisan program of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, in partnership with the Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands.

Our founder, Leonore Annenberg, believed that engaged and well-informed citizens are vital to making our government work at the local, state and federal levels. strives to help develop citizens who demand and support a functioning democracy, realizing Mrs. Annenberg's vision of generations who will go out and fulfill their civic calling.

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