Website Evaluation Rubric for Students
- Websites with justification for inclusion
This website provides a broad overview/definition of "Freedom of speech" with links
to other definitions within Wikipedia and outside resources. Students should
use this website as a starting point for their research and should recognize that, as
anyone can make changes to the definition, the wikipedia entry may not be completely
accurate and may contain bias.
- The First Amendment Center
According to the website, "The First Amendment Center works to preserve and protect First Amendment freedoms through information and education. The center serves as a forum for the study and exploration of free-expression issues, including freedom of speech, of the press and of religion, and the rights to assemble
and to petition the government." The site was selected because of its comprehensive and seemingly neutral content covering all aspects of the First Amendment.
- The American Civil Liberties Union - Students may or may not be familiar with the ACLU.
If they are familiar with the name, the two links should enable them to get a clear idea of the
mission of the ACLU and their pro-first amendment position. The second link is a recent
case that went before the Supreme Court that involved a student's right to free speech.
- The American Center for Law and Justice
This site represents an organization that often is in direct opposition to the ACLU
and takes a stand regarding limitations of the first amendment and its application.
Students should be able to see the two sides of the issue and make informed choices
as to what "freedom of speech" means to them as students and as citizens.
Created on July 26, 2007 Last updated on August 5, 2007