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Black Skin, White Justice: Race Matters in the Criminal Justice System
Students 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 39 Views 94 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 24 Views 37 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
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
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 Using historical documents, they identify the amendments focusing on human rights and why amendments were needed.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
Learners 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 27 Views 108 Downloads
Opening Eyes, Changing Minds. Talking About Personal Transformation And the Development of World Views
Students 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
Trials and Tribulations
Young scholars 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
And Justice For All
Students 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
Students analyze racism and justice. In this legal system discrimination instructional activity, students listen to their instructor lecture on disparities in the legal system. Students 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 13 Views 34 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
Living to Avoid The Criminal Justice System
Students brainstorm a list of negative stereotypes in the African-American society. In groups, they develop ways to decrease the chance of them living in poverty and being in trouble with the law. They develop ways to solve problems other than with violence and how to improve their performance in school.
K - 12th Social Studies & History 23 Views 59 Downloads
Science in the Court Room
Share their opinions on the use of DNA databases in criminal investigations. After reading an article, they evaluate the pros and cons of the databases and work in groups to answer discussion questions. They write a letter to a state representative stating their opinions on how the databases should be regulated in their state.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History 22 Views 109 Downloads
Students examine a crime scene and photograph evidence. In this forensics digital photography lesson, students recognize the correct procedures for filming a crime scene. Students document evidence and keep a log of the necessary information to log the evidence in.
9th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 11 Views 52 Downloads
James Bond in a Honda? Trial Simulation
Your class members will take on the roles of jury members in this exciting simulation. After reading a detailed script and reviewing pieces of evidence, they will determine whether Honda violated copyright and copied James Bond.
6th - 12th Language Arts 16 Views 11 Downloads CCSS: Designed