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First Amendment: Free Speech and School Conduct

This activity is based on the Supreme Court case Morse v. Frederick, 551 U.S. __, 127 S. Ct. 2618 (2007). The case focuses on the First Amendment and students' rights to express their views when they are interpreted by school authorities as promoting illegal drug use.

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This activity is a modified Oxford style debate.

  1. To get started, have participants read the Morse v. Frederick facts and case summary and the fictional scenario.
  2. Assign student attorneys to the issues listed in the talking points. They are suggested points– not a script–for the debate. Student attorneys are encouraged to add their own arguments.
  3. All other students are jurors who deliberate (and may refer to these talking points) during the open floor debate. They debate among themselves in the large group or smaller groups and come to a verdict after the attorneys present closing arguments.