The freedom of expression as guaranteed by the First Amendment has held a revered place in the heart of Americans and is the thread that binds the fabric of our democracy. American Evolution and the Youth Leadership Initiative have teamed to help bring back the skills of discourse, debate and compromise that found their way to Virginia in 1619 and are crucial to the functioning of American democracy. The First Freedom Wall emphasizes the skills of media literacy, critical thinking and effective communication.
HOW THE FIRST FREEDOM WALL WILL ENHANCE
YOUR CIVICS/GOVERNMENT/HISTORY CLASSROOM:
Instructs students in the art of civil discourse by allowing them to create responses to comments or questions from YLI, their teachers, and their peers.
Encourages discussion of controversial topics in a classroom. YLI’s Talking Turkey Lesson Plans support the use of the First Freedom Wall.
Allows analysis of public opinion according to geographical location and political ideology.
Helps students to develop skills for connecting the past, present and future through the use of YLI Lesson Plans in coordination with use of the First Freedom Wall.
Assists students participating in the YLI E-Congress and National Mock Election gain a deeper understanding of the political process through interactions with their peers on political issues.
Empowers students to develop well-developed positions on critical issues and to research facts that support those positions.
Develops media literacy skills in students by encouraging critique of various media sources. Students learn how to use social media thoughtfully and with purpose.
YLI is proud to be working with American Evolution to provide this unique learning resource. As we celebrate four hundred years of American representative government, this tool will help our nation build a stronger and more cohesive citizenry. In return, our students will be able to continue the legacy begun at Jamestown into the future.
FIRST FREEDOM WALL