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Bill of Rights
the First Amendment
Learning Objective: Students will be able to describe
the freedoms in the First Amendment and give examples
and non-examples.
Concept Development
Bill of Rights was added to the Constitution to guarantee certain protections for
every citizen that can not be taken away by the government.
These amendments were added to prevent the government from abusing it’s
people. The framers had learned these lessons from British rule of the colonies and
sought stability and justice from the Enlightenment.
1st Amendment
a. Freedom of Speech
b. Freedom of the press
c. Freedom of Religion
What it Does
Gives Citizens the right to speak their mind.
Prevents government from controlling what is
placed in print.
The government can’t make any religion the
religion of the land, and we have the right to
practice any religion we believe in.
d. Freedom to assemble
Citizens can peacefully meet to protest.
e. Freedom to petition the
Citizens have the right to tell the government
to change the laws.
Skill Development/Guided Practice
1. Read the text carefully
2. Decide which part of the first amendment is being challenged.
3. Using the amendment, write out which phrase applies.
Which right is it?
(Example of what this right allows)
1. A magazine column
criticizes the president.
2. Protesters gather
outside a city hall.
Freedom of the Press.
Freedom of assembly
3. People call a radio show
to express their thoughts on
a public issue.
Freedom of Speech
4. Citizen ask the
government to change a tax
The right to petition
the Government
5. Muslims go to a mosque
without being bothered.
Freedom of Religion
Give a non-example ( I can’t or the
government can’t).
Exit Ticket/Closure
 The first amendment has how many civil rights?
Is it fair to criticize someone for something they said?
Is it fair to say something untrue about someone to make others turn
against them?
End of Presentation