Freedom of the Press, Censorship, and Sedition

Benjamin Franklin under arrest

Overview

In this lesson, students will explore freedom of the press as they examine sources related to government censorship of the press. After reviewing the First Amendment and the Sedition Act of 1798, students will examine a political cartoon to discuss the relevance of freedom of the press over time. Finally, they will design and create their own poster promoting freedom of the press today.

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Grade

Middle School

Subjects

Civics, Social Studies

Length

80-100 minutes.

Topics

censorship, first amendment, free press, freedom of the press, sedition, Sedition Act 1798

Author

Citizen U