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Students 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."
In this Marxist Perspectives on Crime worksheet, students read five pages and then proceed to complete several exercises such as supporting and rejecting a thesis, completing sentences, and categorizing statements.
In this online interactive literature worksheet, students respond to 8 short answer and essay questions about Charles Dickens's Oliver TwistStudents may check some of their answers online.
Students explore African American history by researching the Jim Crow laws. In this Civil Rights lesson, students define the Jim Crow laws, the reasons they were put into place, and how they were ultimately defeated. Students write a paper about the volatile era between 1870 and 1960 and paint an image that reflects a political message about the unjust laws.
Young scholars analyze the judiciary system.  For this government lesson, students participate in a class discussion on methods to prevent unfairness in the Judicial courts.
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.
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.
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.
Students 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. 
Students create a solution to a social justice problem within their community. In this urban planning instructional activity, students read To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines. Students then complete a research paper identifying social justice issues within neighborhoods and suggest solutions.
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.
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 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.
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 plan. 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.
In this online interactive reading comprehension worksheet, students respond to 25 multiple choice questions about Daniel Defoe's Moll FlandersStudents may submit their answers to be scored.
Exploring and discovering what to do after high school graduation is a very real topic for 12th graders. They examine their own character traits, the traits commonly needed in specific careers, and what type of career best suits them personally. Four short activities, a worksheet, and a complete list of career clusters are included.
Eleventh graders explore academic controversy. For this Law lesson, 11th graders conduct a debate on hate crimes. Students research their controversial issue and present their findings to their class. 
First the class discusses how character or personality traits relate to career choices. They identify their own traits, research career clusters, and look for ads hiring in those target areas. They research job ads to determine what education or experience they need to land the job of their dreams.

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