Devote a classroom discussion to current free speech issues in the U.S. or internationally.
Implement a lesson plan on freedoms of speech and/or of the press. There are many online; we have compiled a few here.
Ask students to write a short essay on what free speech means to them or what types of speech they feel should be protected – or not.
Ask students to write a letter to the editor of their local paper.
Schedule a speaker for your classroom, school or journalism club through the MRLC Institute.
College faculty, check your school’s speech code rating at www.fire.org/spotlight.
Support your school’s newspaper or literary journal. If you don’t’ have one, encourage interested students to start one.
Conduct a mock debate on free speech issues or issue of your choice.
Create a banned book display or exhibit in the school library.
Encourage students to express their understanding of freedom of speech in artwork, poetry, song lyrics or photography.
Hold an open-mic night or poetry reading of original student work.
Encourage college students to enter the NABEF Freedom of Speech PSA contest.
Encourage your communications department, club or school to become an official FSW Partnering Organization. Learn more here:
For further inspiration, visit Activities in the Spotlight on our website.