Texas v. Johnson (1989) -iCivics

Lesson Duration

From iCivics’ Landmark Library

Students will:

  • Describe the First Amendment right to freedom of speech and the kind of speech it protects.
  • Identify the main arguments put forth in the case.
  • Explain why the Supreme Court said flag-burning is protected speech.
  • Identify the impact of the Court’s decision on freedom of speech in general.
  • Compare arguments made by dissenting justices with those made by the majority.

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