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Writing Prompt: The Purpose of Punishment
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.
10th - 12th Social Studies & History 9 Views 8 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Berghuis v Thomkins: Is This the Will of the People? (Criminal’s Rights)
"You have the right to remain silent. . ." But should a suspect exercise that right? Should laws establish and defend the rights of an individual or reflect the will of "the people?" After reading and annotating a series of primary source documents related to court cases that have altered a suspect's Miranda rights to silence and counsel, class members tackle the question of whether these policies are "the best policy for our nation.
10th - 12th Social Studies & History 25 Views 26 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
New Review To Kill a Mockingbird: The Plot Unfolds
After identifying the most significant events in the To Kill A Mockingbird, readers create a plot map the reveals how Harper Lee orders events to create dramatic tension in her novel. To conclude the lesson, individuals either outline a sequel to the novel or rewrite the ending of novel as if Tom Robinson was acquitted.
9th - 12th Language Arts 3 Views 3 Downloads
Guilty to a Fault
Students consider the moral and legal issues involved in distinguishing a verdict of murder from one of manslaughter (criminally negligent homicide) and write an essay describing the issues involved in the case that was researched.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History 12 Views 93 Downloads
Students reflect on the role of prisons and discuss how they believe sentencing should be handed down. After reading an article, they discover the experiences Martha Stewart went through while in prison. In groups, they share their opinions of her and write an essay responding to an idea in the article.
6th - 12th Language Arts 3 Views 15 Downloads
The Third Branch: The Supreme Court
What exactly is the third branch of government? Your class will examine the Supreme Court and its role as the third branch. They will explore a wide variety of sources to learn about the evolution of the Supreme Court and its cases.
8th - 12th Social Studies & History 21 Views 167 Downloads
Just an Environment or a Just Environment?
This lesson explores the multiple causes of racial segregation and environmental racism, and helps students understand the perpetuation of institutional racism in the post-Civil Rights era. Students will perform a mock tribunal in which they will research
All All 3 Views 9 Downloads
The Achievements and Challenges of Egypt
Awesome, that is all I have to say! This set of lessons provides learners with an understanding of ancient Egyptian laws, lifestyle, religion, and culture. It engages them in a critical analysis activity regarding the film, "The Prince of Egypt.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 23 Views 86 Downloads
Students investigate how different democracies treat juvenile offenders as well as compare/contrast the juvenile and adult justice systems in their own democracy. In addition, individually and as a group, they determine whether juvenile offenders should be prosecuted and punished as adults.
11th - 12th Social Studies & History 13 Views 46 Downloads
The Legacy of the Warren Court
Students examine the major decisions by the Supreme Court when Warren was the Chief Justice. In groups, they research the life and other works of Earl Warren and discuss how ones background can influence decisions. They also examine the two cases of Brown v.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 7 Views 31 Downloads
The Death Sentence Remains A Question
Examine the results of recent opinion polls on where people stand on the issue of the death penalty. In groups, middle schoolers examine various cases dealing with this issue and discuss the judgments. They write their own argument for or against the death penalty and participate in a debate to end the lesson.
7th - 8th Language Arts 7 Views 56 Downloads
Students discuss reasons for the increase in violent crime across the country. They examine the factors to which increases in violent crime can be attributed. Students brainstorm consequences of the forces that have led to the decrease in the rates of violent crime.
6th - 12th Language Arts 10 Views 50 Downloads
Rape: Psychology, Prevention and Impact
Students are introduced to the characteristics of rape. As a class, they identify statements as either facts or myths about rape. In groups, they complete a survey to identify their own perceptions about rape and compare them with other classmates.
9th - 12th Health 7 Views 32 Downloads
Privacy in the Age of Video Surveillance: This Is Not Your Father's Candid Camera
Eighth graders examine the use of video surveillance in the corporate world and other life situations. In groups, they determine how many times and in what situations they believe they are being watched. They use the Constitution to identify any part of it that might protect them.
8th Social Studies & History 3 Views 11 Downloads
Science in the Court Room
Learners discuss the voluntary and mandatory use of DNA samples in criminal investigations. They evaluate the pros and cons of the use of DNA in criminal investigations by reading and discussing the article "New York Plan for DNA Data in Most Crimes.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History 8 Views 31 Downloads