Freedom of Assembly Lesson Plan

Instructor: Della McGuire

Della has been teaching secondary and adult education for over 20 years. She holds a BS in Sociology, MEd in Reading, and is ABD on the MComm in Storytelling.

This lesson plan is based on a text lesson and follows current events and stories about the freedom of assembly. It is appropriate for 11th and 12th-grade civics classes.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this lesson plan, students will be able to:

  • Describe contemporary examples of the freedom of assembly in action by following news stories and compiling a list of causes or positions motivating the assembly and sharing their findings
  • Demonstrate civil discussions with classmates about controversial topics during a performance assessment with current events show and tell.


1 hour - 2 hours

Curriculum Standards


Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one on one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 11-12 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.


Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words in order to address a question or solve a problem.

Key Vocabulary and Phrases

  • Women's March
  • March for Science
  • National Pride March
  • Black Lives Matter
  • Travel Ban Protests
  • Occupy Wall Street
  • Water Protectors
  • Fight for $15
  • Immigrants' March
  • Town Hall Rallies for ACA

Materials Needed

  • Internet access (if there are not enough computers to go around in the classroom, use the library or computer lab or you can send the article/website search home as homework)

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