Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier (1988)

Lesson Plan

This mini-lesson covers the basics of the Supreme Court’s decision that established a school principal’s right to censor student articles in the school newspaper. Students learn about the limits on student free speech in a school environment. Then they examine the issue of censorship and the reasons for imposing it.


  • Describe the rights protected by the First Amendment.
  • Identify the main arguments put forth in the case.
  • Define censorship and identify examples of it.
  • Describe the rationale behind the Supreme Court's decision.
  • Identify the impact of the Supreme Court's decision on the issue of student expression at school and individuals' rights.


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