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Parents and children work together in a community circle to discuss caring for people with special needs. In separate groups, the children sing and listen to a story. They discuss ways people are alike, and ways they are different. Parents take on a physical limitation, and explore the site to determine accessibility.
Students examine the balance between civil liberties and protection. In this national security lesson, students explore the Korematsu case which references the Japanese internment camps of World War II. Students draw comparisons between the internment camps and the "Patriot Act" passed following the September 11 terrorist attacks in the United States.
What is crime? Discriminate between criminal and non-criminal behavior with your scholars by engaging them in potentially heated discussion about various scenarios. A brief definition of the word crime precedes individual analysis of 15 scenarios, in which pupils must describe criminal behavior. Individuals rank the scenarios by seriousness and then repeat the exercise in a small group. Discuss results. Use as an introduction to a law or criminal justice study.
Eleventh graders explore the process of perfecting the Union through changes made to the Constitution, and through the powers delegated to each branch of government. In this American Government lesson, 11th graders research various Supreme Court Cases. Students conduct a debate about race in America.
Students take a closer look at the rights of British prisoners. In this current events instructional activity, students research the listed Web sites that include information about the British justice system and voting practices. Students discuss whether or not prisoners should have the right to vote.
Students examine the context of a speech delivered by Barack Obama. In this African-American history lesson, students discuss the 15th Amendment and the American Civil Rights Movement prior to analyzing Barack Obama's speech "A More Perfect Union." Students compose essays that note how African-Americans have made contributions to the United States.
Students analyze the speech that Barack Obama delivered titled "A More Perfect Union". In this race relations instructional activity, students collaborate in heterogeneous groups to analyze the text of the Obama speech and discuss its implications. The instructional activity may be extended by incorporating the suggested extension activities.
High schoolers explore the use of martial law at the Battle of New Orleans. In this Andrew Jackson lesson, students analyze primary documents pertaining to the move by Jackson to use martial law in the battle. High schoolers then consider situations where martial law might be suspended today.
Ninth graders consider how the Bill of Rights impacts the lawmaking process in the United States. In this Bill of Rights lesson, 9th graders discuss the amendments and their limitations. Students research the role of the Legislative Branch and create presentations that feature their findings.
Sixth graders are addressed by a person from the criminal justice system and discuss appropriate behaviors. In this behavior lesson, 6th graders complete a KWL worksheet on behavior and consequences. Students discuss the way people look at teenagers and complete a worksheet related to that vision.
Students examine the reasons why juveniles commit crimes. As a class, they watch movies showing juveniles committing crims and discuss the impact on societies. They take a field trip to adult and juvenile courts and compare their procedures and rulings. To end the lesson plan, they write an essay on their reactions and feelings toward juvenile delinquency.