Lesson Plan

Regulating Freedom of Speech

Freedom of speech is a fundamental American right, and regulation of that freedom has been a fundamental responsibility of the Supreme Court throughout our history. With the Internet, students can observe firsthand how today's Court exercises this responsibility at a time when technology has extended the freedom to speak in ways our nation's founders could not have imagined.

Guiding Questions

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Learning Objectives

To trace the judicial review process within the Supreme Court from determination of facts through oral argument and the delivery of a written opinion.

Examine the nature and limits of the Constitutional right to freedom of speech.

Explore the nature and purpose of dissent within the context of Supreme Court rulings.