How-To Guide

1 for All First Amendment Challenge

The 1 for All First Amendment Challenge recognizes innovative First Amendment education!

  • The top 40 teachers will be honored with a $1,000 check and a plaque.
  • The top 40 schools that host school-wide First Amendment events will be recognized with a plaque and honored on the 1 for All website as a First Amendment school.
  • Students whose teachers submit their First Amendment projects may have their work recognized on the 1 for All website, Facebook page and social media.
  • All students can participate by using the hashtag #1forAllus for First Amendment projects on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Tumblr. Students can also follow us on Twitter @1forAllus or like us on the 1 for All Facebook page.

Entries will be accepted on a rolling basis from August 1, 2014 through March 1, 2015. The flexible time frame allows teachers and schools to participate whenever works best for their schedule. First Amendment resources, activities and lesson plans are available to help you plan and participate.

Teacher entries are easy to submit, but must be completed not later than 30 days after the last event and not later than March 1, 2015. Entry forms will be available on August 1. Simply:

  1. Tell us why your First Amendment efforts are innovative and deserving of recognition.
  2. Attach your lesson plans.
  3. Tell us what activities you did.
  4. Attach samples of students’ First Amendment projects. The categories below are suggestions only. It’s your classroom, so you decide what works best for your students and your school.
    • Web ads
    • Print ads
    • Poster
    • Educational Video
    • Short Film/Documentary
    • Interactive Digital Book
    • Website
    • Online News Story
    • Photo Essay w/ Story

Some ideas for First Amendment activities are below. For more ideas visit our Activities and Lesson Plans page or our Five Freedoms Lesson Plans page. Have an idea to share? Send it to support@asne.org.

  • Learn what it says. Only one American in 25 can name the five freedoms of the First Amendment: freedom of religion, speech and press, and the rights of petition and assembly.
  • Take the First Amendment Quiz.
  • Have students conduct a First Amendment survey and report results – how many students in your school can name the five freedoms?
  • Have students conduct a news literacy survey and report results – we cannot protect our rights unless we are informed citizens. How many students at your school know how to tell news from noise, what’s fact versus fiction, what’s credible and what’s questionable? News literacy resources are available at SchoolJournalism.org and Why News Matters.
  • Sponsor a First Amendment Twitter Day. Have students follow us at @1forAllus and suggest themes for students to tweet using hashtag #1forAllus.
  • Use social media to spread the word about the importance of the First Amendment.
  • Help students create a First Amendment page on the school or other website.
  • Publish information in the school newspaper about the First Amendment and news literacy.
  • Dedicate an entire school newspaper issue to the First Amendment and news literacy
  • Get a story about the First Amendment published in a local newspaper or other media outlet.
  • Ask a local or state government official to issue a proclamation that a particular day is “First Amendment Day” at your school or in your community.
  • When planning events for the entire school, get students involved. Students know what First Amendment issues interest them.
  • Help students design t-shirts and sell them at cost.
  • Raise awareness of the First Amendment by having students wear red, white and blue on a designated day.
  • Prepare exhibits about the First Amendment.
  • Sponsor a reading of banned children’s books.
  • Hold public officials accountable. Ask where they stand on the First Amendment and the free flow of information.
  • Stand up for others. We all love our own freedom of speech, but it’s important to support the rights of others to express their own opinions.