The First Amendment Part of being a journalist is to understand the laws that you must abide by. The First Amendment protects the rights of the journalist, but that right must also be regulated. Court cases have been held regarding the First Amendment to help decide the limitations students have. In teams of two, you will reenact a court case that deals with Freedom of Speech and Freedom of the Press, either defending or prosecuting the case. The rest of the class will be the judges and audience, and they will decide which side to agree with. As a team, you will research the case and each of you will write a report to go along with the trial. Also, two students acting as judges will be informed of the case to investigate to come up with questions for the presenters to answer. The court cases to choose from are: Board of Education, Island Trees Union Free School District No. 26 v. Pico Mt. Healthy City School District Board of Education v. Doyle Pickering v. Board of Education Reno v. American Civil Liberties Union Klein v. Smith, 635 F. Supp. 1440 West v. Derby Unified School District no. 260 J.S. v. Bethlehem Area School District Lacks v. Ferguson Reorganized School District R-2 Thomas v. Board of Ed. V. Granville Cent. Sch. Dist Saxe v. State College Area School District Pyle v. School Committee of South Hadley Henerey v. City of St Charles Beussink v. Woodland R-IV School District The grading of the assignment will consist of: 1st Grade: Research paper- There must be a minimum of three sources for the report, one preferably a newspaper article of the case or a related case. The paper must be a minimum of 1 ½ pages, double spaced, with one inch margins. A third page will be required for the works cited page. The two people in the group can work on their papers together, but each will turn in their own work. 2nd Grade: Case Presentation- With the information gathered for the research paper, form a case either for the school system or the people that went against it. Your partner will oppose you. You want to come up with how to present your side in 1 ½ to 3 minutes, and you will get a chance to counter the opposing argument. The more you coordinate with your partner, and the more involved in the case they are, the more fun and interesting it tends to be. Time will be given in class to work on the project, but a majority of the work will have to be done outside of the classroom. The room and your teacher will be available for use before school, after school, and during lunch, to meet your needs.