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You Can’t Say That?!

Students learn about restrictions to freedom of speech in public life, then debate court cases that determined when and why those limits apply.

Is violence-laced music protected speech or an incitement to commit a crime? Are flash mobs protected assembly or breach of peace? This lesson explores the exceptions (such as defamation, obscenity and breach of peace) and restrictions that govern freedom of expression as guaranteed in the First Amendment. In small groups, students debate case studies to determine when, where and why exceptions should or may apply.

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Unit - You Can't Say That PDF DOC
Handouts - You Can't Say That PDF DOC

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Booking Information

This class requires a minimum of 15 students and a maximum of 36 students in the Learning Center classroom or 100 students in the Documentary Theater. Groups larger than class capacity will be assigned staggered class times based on your group’s window of availability. We appreciate hands-on assistance from chaperones when needed.

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Classes must be requested at least one week in advance. Please be advised that your preferred date may not be available, so have at least two dates in mind. We recommend arriving at the Newseum no later than 15 minutes before your scheduled class time.  

Cancellation policy:

When a school fails to appear for its schedule Newseum class, it prevents other schools from using that slot. Please notify us at least one week in advance if you must cancel your reservation.

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Assistance (e.g. ASL interpretation, assistive listening, description) for programs/tours can be arranged with at least seven business days’ notice. Please contact AccessUs at AccessUs@newseum.org or by calling 202/292-6453.

  • Theme:
    Civics and Citizenship
  • Level:
    Students | Grades: 9-12, university
  • Cost:
    Free; Newseum admission required
  • Duration:
    50 minutes
  • Days Offered:
    Mondays through Fridays
  • Times Offered:
    9:30 a.m. Learning Center
    10 a.m. Documentary Theater
    10:45 a.m. Learning Center
    11 a.m. Documentary Theater
    12 p.m. Documentary Theater
    12:15 p.m. Learning Center
    1 p.m. Documentary Theater
    1:30 p.m. Learning Center
  • Capacity:
    Max 36 in the Learning Center
    Max 100 in the Documentary Theater
  • Minimum Enrollment:
    15 participants

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