Learning Exercise

Fighting censorship

The American Civil Liberties Union is an activist group that supports intellectual freedom. This lesson analyzes ACLU's efforts to combat censorship. Students draw upon identified issues, and examine ACLU press releases, multimedia and publications to identify their stances and rationales, and means to advance their position.

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Exercise

The American Civil Liberties Union is an activist group that supports intellectual freedom. In this learning activity you will analyze ACLU's efforts to combat censorship.

1. In small groups, select one censorship case. Analyze the issue using the following rubric: http://www.rcampus.com/rubricshowc.cfm?code=Y4W3W8&sp=true

2. Each member selects an ACLU press release, multimedia product or publication (each person should choose a different format) that addresss the same case (or at least aligns with the case) to identify and critique ACLU's stances and rationales, and means to advance their position.State how effective ACLU's message is, giving your rationale.

3. The group compares their analyses, and synthesizes their findings.

4. By pair groups, compare analyses, and determine how subject-specific or universal the censorship issues -- and ACLU's efforts -- are.

Technical Notes

Internet connectivity

Requirements

1. Group written analysis of one censorship case.

2. Individual written analysis of an ACLU press release, multimedia product or publication.

3. Group written comparison and synthesis of individual analyses.

4. Intergroup comparative analysis.

Topics

censorship, intellectual freedom, freedom of speech, ICT literacy

Type of Task

Learning Objectives

Identify censorship issues and stances.

Analyze legal cases about censorship.

Analyze media messages.

Assessment

1. Group written analysis of one censorship case: logically justified, clear and thorough  analysis following the rubric.

2. Individual written analysis of an ACLU press release, multimedia product or publication: logically justified, clear and thorough  analysis.

3. Group written comparison and synthesis of individual analyses: logically justified, clear and thorough comparative  analysis and synthesis.

4. Intergroup comparative analysis: logically justified, clear and thorough comparative   analysis; logically justified, clear and thorough argument about specificity or universality of censorship issues and efforts to address them.