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Black Skin, White Justice: Race Matters in the Criminal Justice System
High schoolers examine the effects of race in the criminal justice system. As a class, they brainstorm a list of instances when the offender has been an African American and he is not treated fairly in court based on his race. They analyze their own reasons for the preceptions they have about the justice system and participate in a debate on whether the system can be changed to make it fair for all.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 35 Views 93 Downloads
Understanding Criminal Justice
Students realize that clear values are a resource of behavior in clarifying needs and wants. They clarify feelings and wants and verbalize ways in which they give up freedom and control in their lives by relinquishing decisions to other people.
4th - 6th Social Studies & History 23 Views 36 Downloads
Adult Criminal Justice System
Twelfth graders examine the procedures and protections involved in processing an accused person through the criminal justice system. They view a Powerpoint presentation, conduct research, and write a paper describing a crime they have allegedly committed.
12th Social Studies & History 26 Views 72 Downloads
And Justice For All
Young scholars compare three justice systems currently in place in the United States: the civilian criminal justice system, the military criminal justice system (courts-martial) and the secret wartime tribunals that President Bush has proposed by order.
6th - 12th Language Arts 33 Views 90 Downloads
The Row Behind Death Row
Students investigate several controversial issues in the criminal justice system relating to death row and give oral reports explaining how their issues safeguard or contaminate the issue of fairness in capital punishment. They offer ideas for improvement
6th - 12th Social Studies & History 23 Views 132 Downloads
The Color of Justice
High schoolers analyze racism and justice. In this legal system discrimination instructional activity, students listen to their instructor lecture on disparities in the legal system. High schoolers respond to discussion questions following the lecture and evaluate proposals put forth to prevent discrimination in the criminal justice system.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 12 Views 34 Downloads
Opening Eyes, Changing Minds. Talking About Personal Transformation And the Development of World Views
Pupils read one teen's story of personal growth through learning about racism and the criminal justice system to explore how individuals' world views are shaped and changed through experiences and education.
6th - 12th Language Arts 12 Views 10 Downloads
You and the Law -- Beating the Odds
Students examine the rate of institutional racism in the United States. Individually, they write in their journals about how they can make better choices and increase their self-esteem. Using historical documents, they identify the amendments focusing on human rights and why amendments were needed.
6th - 8th Language Arts 10 Views 39 Downloads
Students examine fundamentals of American criminal justice by analyzing each step of the criminal process. They follow the process of a well-known or publicized criminal case in The New York Times, and keep a journal of its newspaper coverage.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History 26 Views 107 Downloads
Lessons in Legal Ethics: Crime and the Media
High schoolers examine a variety of ethical issues that arise in criminal cases. They get into groups, and perform a case study of a real situation in which many of these ethical issues came up. All of the worksheets needed to successfully implement this plan are here for you.
9th - 12th Language Arts 25 Views 50 Downloads
Trials and Tribulations
Students explore their beliefs about objectivity and the United States justice system. They examine the facets of a criminal case by researching various aspects of the judicial system and apply what they have learned to the Michael Jackson trial.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History 15 Views 99 Downloads
Crime and punishment! Learners discuss the law, civics, and crime in the UK. They brainstorm lists of crimes and possible punishments, complete activities on a website, role-play a Juvenile Court scenario, and try to think of ways they can prevent crime in their neighborhoods.
6th - 9th Social Studies & History 5 Views 4 Downloads
In the Criminal Justice System
Students read an article about the United States Attorney's who were fired over voter fraud. Using primary sources, they find supporting evidence to determine if the firings were just or not. As a class, they participate in a debate in which they argue who the Vice President works for and can the attorney's have their own agenda other than the President's.
7th - 12th Social Studies & History 4 Views 11 Downloads
The Benefits and Drawbacks of Plea Bargains
The outcome of 90 percent of criminal cases in the US is determined by plea bargains. Clips from the documentary Better This World create the backdrop for an investigation of the benefits and drawbacks of the plea bargaining process.
9th - 12th Language Arts 12 Views 8 Downloads CCSS: Designed