ERIC Number: ED418452
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Framing the First Amendment in a Debate Format.
An assignment focuses on introducing students to the complexities involved in rendering a decision concerning the First Amendment to the Constitution. During the first week of classes, students are asked to read the introductory sections to the topic-specific chapters in "Freedom of Speech in the Marketplace of Ideas" by Fraleigh and Truman, which include: incitement to illegal conduct; national security; fighting words; hate speech; defamation of character; obscenity; time, place, and manner restrictions; government-subsidized speech; and technology issues. Students rank in order the topics they found most interesting; they are then divided into two groups, and each is assigned either the pro or con of a specific free-speech related incident. Each group researches their topic for 6-8 weeks. Debates are held in front of the rest of the class. (A class syllabus is appended.) (CR)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Communication Ethics; First Amendment
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Central States Communication Association (Chicago, IL, April 2-5, 1998).