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What you'll learn

This 15-minute lesson introduces students to the five freedoms of the First Amendment. How do they use their freedoms, and how might their lives be different without them? 

Grade(s)
  • 5-12
Duration
Less than 30 minutes
Day(s) offered
Monday-Friday
Time(s) offered
9 a.m.-4 p.m. ET
Cost

Free, with admission

Venue and Capacity
  • Learning Center (max 36)
  • Documentary Theater (max 100)
Minimum enrollment
12 participants
Enrollment type
Registration required

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, calling 202/292-6650 or emailing educationprograms@newseum.org.

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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.

  • Unit - Introduction to the First Amendment (High)
  • Introduction to the First Amendment (High School) Handouts
  • Unit - Introduction to the First Amendment (Middle)
  • Introduction to the First Amendment (Middle School) Handouts

To request a large print or Braille version, call 202.292.6650.

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