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Students share their opinions about the abuse of substances among teenagers today. After reading an article, they discuss the concerns about substance abuse. They create and propose their own treatment program and design publicity materials.
Learners examine the law and the Miranda rights. They role play members of law enforcement and ones being arrested.
Studying this case within its historical context can help us better understand urgent current issues of today.
Students question the effectiveness of current treatment programs in addressing substance abuse among teenagers. They propose their own treatment programs tailored to the needs of young people.
Eleventh graders study the impact of the Nationalization of the Bill of Rights upon criminal law. They analyze opposition to expansionist viewpoints that could possibly create more checks and balances on the state courts and analyze the role of the prevailing political atmosphere upon Supreme Court decisions.
Students investigate Justice Week in Britain. In this current events lesson, students visit selected websites related to law and order in the U.K. Students may create their own anti-social art as a culminating activity.
Students explore issues surrounding death penalty debate and participate in a values-clarification activity to help them form their opinions on this topic. They create a talk show to discuss issues involved with DNA testing and the death penalty.
Students examine how different countries deal with juvenile offenders. Using the internet, they research what offenses are punishable by death and how the laws protect students. They interview local authorities and discuss possible solutions to stop killing students convicted of crimes.
Students examine domestic violence issues. In this global studies lesson, students read a case study on domestic violence. Students take notes on the case and respond to discussion questions.
Students visit specified websites to research zoning information in Essex. They participate in a role play to present a zoning request to a city council. Groups of students prepare their side of the case and create their proposal to be voted upon.
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. Neat ideas that are full of active engagement.
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. Students work in groups of three to collect evidence.
Students define the legal meaning of juvenile and identify various ways to treat young offenders. They identify the current philosophy of the Utah juvenile justice system using a true/false worksheet and discussion format.
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. After viewing the clips, pairs generate and share a list of what they consider the benefits and drawbacks of the process for prosecutors, defendants, victims, and society. Individuals then craft a persuasive paragraph that presents their stance on the role they think plea bargains should play in the justice system. Included in the packet are extensions, adaptations, and a list of additional resources.
How far in the past do the roots of Jim Crow and segregation extend? Your young historians will closely consider this question using detailed PowerPoint slides as a basis for discussion rather than lecture, and culminating in an activity where class members create an exhibit for a museum on segregation.
Students define a "defense to a crime" and identify various defenses to crimes in Utah. They examine "cultural defense" and apply it to case studies.
Hook your class into an exploration of and discussion about violence in video games with a cute animal clip and a video game trailer. After a quick discussion about how media can affect mood, class members read a related article and respond to the provided questions. They then research the topic, using the materials provided or independent research, and participate in a discussion type of your choice (debate and talk show are suggested). Many materials are included in this Common Core-designed activity.
Is the death penalty constitutional? To prepare for a Structured Academic Controversy (SAC) activity on this topic, partners brainstorm questions and read primary source documents to find answers to their questions. Groups are then assigned a position and argue for or against the legality of the death penalty. At the conclusion of the SAC, individuals craft their own position statement, supporting their argument with evidence drawn from the discussion and the source materials
When punishment is given in a society when a member breaks its rules, what is the punishment meant to accomplish? After providing a summary of the major categories of punishment (rehabilitation, restitution, incapacitation, deterrence, and retribution), your learners will discuss these categories and write a letter to a local newspaper discussing which type they believe would be most effective for reducing crime rates.