Bethel School District v. Fraser (1986)

Lesson Plan

This mini-lesson covers the basics of the Supreme Court's decision that established a school's ability to prohibit inappropriate student language on campus. Students learn about the First Amendment right of free speech, and explore the many different ways the Supreme Court has interpreted it.


  • Describe the rights protected by the First Amendment
  • Identify the main arguments put forth in the case
  • Describe the rationale behind the Supreme Court's decision
  • Identify different types of speech that are protected by the First Amendment
  • Evaluate the impact of the Supreme Court's decision on the issue of student expression at school and individuals' rights


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