The Founders knew that an individual's voice is at its most powerful when he can freely come together with citizens of like mind and speak as one. People in the United States have organized, demonstrated, petitioned, and protested in a variety of ways and on a variety of topics, many controversial, since our very beginnings. These rights, however, are not unlimited and must find balance with the rights and safety of others. This lesson explores this balance.
Handout A: Where Did the Rights to Petition and Assembly Come From, and How Do Americans Exercise Them?
Handout B: Assembly and Petition True/False Challenge / Cut-Out: Assembly and Petition True/False Challenge
Handout C: A Petition Primary Source Appendices
Founding Principles for ELL
Vocabulary Scaffolding for ELL