I Sued My School for Censorship and Won

Taylor Victor crafted a narrative recounting her ACLU-supported lawsuit against her school district that resulted in her being able to wear her “Nobody Knows I’m A Lesbian” t-shirt. This effective civic argument takes the form of a narrative retelling of a First Amendment case from the perspective of a high school student whose rights were abridged. The use of craft elements, such as internal dialogue, engage the audience and help convey the flow of events. Importantly, the carefully selected details build to support the young woman’s case that she had the right to wear her t-shirt to school and that it is critical for youth to understand and advocate for their First Amendment rights.

I Sued My School for Censorship Article

Employs a Public Voice The article effectively punctuates an overall serious tone with moments of humor to engage the audience. The writer’s credibility is established and enhanced through demonstrating her knowledge of constitutional principles.

Advocates Civic Engagement or Action The article effectively raises awareness about the nature and importance of First Amendment rights. The details included, along with the reasoning presented, resonate with the writer’s peers and sound a cautionary note for school officials.

Argues a Position Based on Reasoning and Evidence The article uses effective and logical reasoning to establish that discomfort alone does not warrant restricting students’ First Amendment rights. It also thoughtfully synthesizes and links details of the author’s personal story to constitutional principles.

Employs a Structure The article employs a chronological narrative structure to effectively develop the argument that students should understand their First Amendment rights. The conclusion effectively establishes the significance of her case and strengthens the call for “others to stand up for what they believe in. Even if what you believe in is controversial.”

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