Grade 5

What Is Free Speech and Why Does It Matter?

Historians provide evidence. In this lesson, students will explore the importance of free speech in American society by analyzing the words of the 1st Amendment, learning new vocabulary, reading an overview of the history of the 1st Amendment, and looking at four key reasons why free speech is important in the United States. They will be able to provide evidence to answer the mystery question: "What is free speech and why does it matter?"

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