Character Education,

Rights guaranteed in the First Amendment and the Second Amendment have limits. The Supreme Court has decided some of the issues surrounding these rights, but many, such as gun ownership and use, remain for citizens, states and Congress to address.

The introduction of competitive sports and inspiration from the athletes’ life stories, economics and personal finance, geography, physics and civics concepts emerge naturally from media coverage of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.

When The New York Times, followed by The Washington Post and other newspapers, published Pentagon Papers-based articles they were exercising freedom of the press that was affirmed in 1971 in The New York Times Company v. United States and in United States v. The Washington Post et. al. The movie, The Post, tells the story of Daniel Ellsberg, the leak of thousands of pages of “Report of the Office of the Secretary of Defense Task Force,” and Katharine Graham’s decision to publish articles based in them.

Analyze and write ledes, explore how focus may change a feature story and consider the journalist's role in maintaining the freedoms of press and speech through the suggested activities and reprinted Post pieces in this month’s guide.


Freedom of the press requires journalists to be ethical, accurate and fair in their coverage. Freedom of the press demands readers expect reporters to respect their subjects, sources and readers, following a story to inform honestly. Users of news must also think and apply guidelines for identifying true from fake news. As stated in The Post’s masthead: Democracy Dies in Darkness.

Personal notes and business letters are important forms of communication, documentation and records for historians and sociologists. Beginning with “Dear Colleagues” letters, our You and Your Rights lesson focuses on transgender student access to school bathrooms.

America through the African American lens encourages a visit to the new Smithsonian museum on the National Mall, interaction with artifacts there and in your community, and dialogue with our history and culture.

During the presidential election years, students have the opportunity to observe democracy in action — primary votes and caucuses, local speeches and televised debates, spin and social media. Press coverage of candidates through editorial boards, reporters, photographers and commentators serves the public's right to know in order to make their own decisions.

Forming and asking questions is an essential skill of reporters. It has application in many life situations and career paths.

The religion beat crosses over many areas — from art to conflicts at home and around the globe, to tourism and zoos.