CQ Press is offering a free 19-page lesson plan titled "The First Amendment and Protection of Students' Rights" in honor of National Constitution Day, September 17.
Designed for grades 9-12, the lesson covers the history of the Pledge of Allegiance and Tinker vs. Des Moines Independent School District, the Supreme Court case that addressed the issue of teacher and student First Amendment rights in schools.
The material links class activities and discussions to case excerpts and analysis. Students are encouraged to consider how the First Amendment relates to their own lives and their rights as students and citizens.
The information is structured to be presented in two class periods. The lesson plan will be available online at http://www.cqpress.com/incontext/ beginning September 1.
During the weeks leading up to Constitution Day, the CQ Press in Context Web site will offer access to a variety of Constitution-related documents and analysis from the CQ Press Electronic Library, including a video interview with a constitutional scholar, links to resources on the U.S. Constitution, and the free lesson plan.
CQ Press, 866/427-7737 or http://www.cqpress.com/.