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Separation of Powers
Students examine the separation of powers in local and federal government. Using case studies, they review several instances of separation of powers. After reading the case studies, they write a brief opinion essays supporting their opinion on the separation of powers.
Why Do We Suffer From The Rights Of Others?
Students examine how diversity within populations has caused problems. In groups, they develop their own definitions of racism and discrimination. They participate in role-plays in which they gather the appropriate techniques to deal with racist situations in school. To end the lesson, they examine the factors that one can use to reduce racism and how to eliminate barriers of discrimination and rasicm.
Sacco and Vanzetti: “The Case That Will Not Die”
Studying this case within its historical context can help us better understand urgent current issues of today.
Arrests and Investigatory Stops
Students define arrest and detainment, examine hypothetical situations to determine if warrantless arrest/detainment is reasonable based on information available to police, discuss differences between hunch, suspicion, reasonable suspicion, and probably cause, and role play scenarios to know what to do and what not to do if ever arrested.
Theories of Crime and Punishment
Young scholars examine goals of two major theories of punishment, Utilitarian Theory and Retributive Theory, develop opinions about ethics and effectiveness of both theories, define legal duties of prosecutors and public defenders, and discuss their respective burdens at trial. Students then evaluate different negotiating techniques and identify areas for improvement.
Sixth graders study restorative justice. In this government lesson, 6th graders discuss restorative justice, examine the ways restitution can be made when a crime occurs, and write about a conflict at home or school and describe how it could be solved by making sure that the solution is mutually acceptable to all involved.
Design for Social Justice
High schoolers create a solution to a social justice problem within their community. In this urban planning lesson, students read To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines. High schoolers then complete a research paper identifying social justice issues within neighborhoods and suggest solutions.
Students examine the pardon process and the controversy surrounding the Clinton pardons through reading and discussing "Lobbying for Forgiveness." They write a forgiveness letter and create pardon guidelines for President Bush.
GUNS AND MUSIC
Students examine the role of the Advertising Standards Agency, the image of crime portrayed by some rap artists, the reality of crime, media influence, and society's influences on the media.
The Bill of Rights
Fifth graders discuss the Bill of Rights. In this Constitution lesson, 5th graders find the reasons the Bill of Rights was added to the Constitution. They explain the basic freedoms and rights that it gave to Americans.
Students debate both positions on the controversial topic of racial profiling with support for each and then develop a consensus position on how racial profiling as a law enforcement tool should be used.
Determine how African-Americans have broken barriers in this history lesson. Middle schoolers discuss the 15th Amendment and the American civil rights movement prior to analyzing Barack Obama's speech "A More Perfect Union," taking care to evaluate the speaker's argument. Then they compose essays of their own regarding social change.
Moll Flanders Review Quiz
In this online interactive reading comprehension worksheet, students respond to 25 multiple choice questions about Daniel Defoe's Moll Flanders. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
The Controversy Over Hate Crimes
Eleventh graders explore academic controversy. In this Law lesson, 11th graders conduct a debate on hate crimes. Students research their controversial issue and present their findings to their class.
The Gift That Keeps on Giving
Students reflect on the role of DNA in society since its discovery in 1953 by creating works of art and poetry that metaphorically illustrate the importance, influence and concerns of DNA research.
Dude, Where's My Karma?
Students research various aspects of Indian culture. They create a Book of Knowledge about India. In a second activity they research the history behind any game. They make presentations and play the different games during Game Day.
Special Protections-Session Six
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.
Homelessness – A Bottom Line Issue
Students read a fact sheet about homelessness in the U.S. and Texas. In this homelessness awareness lesson plan, students design a budget based on minimum wage earnings and evaluate how basic needs can be met. Students discuss and write about the challenges faced by low-income earners and optionally participate in community service to assist the homeless.
The History of Sexuality: An Introduction, Volume 1 by Michel Foucault
In this online interactive psychology worksheet, students respond to 24 multiple choice questions about Foucault's The History of Sexuality: An Introduction. Students submit their answers to be scored.
Sentence Completion 11: High-Intermediate Level
Build vocabulary and critical thinking skills with a sentence completion worksheet that comes with an answer and explanations key. The key unlocks for learners logic and comprehension strategies they can use to determine the correct response to the prompts.