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What is the difference between MLA and APA format? This presentation is geared towards a college audience, but it could definitely be useful with an eleventh and twelfth grade audience in high school. Differences are highlighted, but not many actual examples are given. Show this slide with some examples to really drive the point home! 
Students research the "Third Liberty Loan" pamphlet. In this discussion lesson, students read the pamphlet and discuss their opinions. Students answer questions and discuss main points of the document.
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.
High schoolers in a special education class discover ways to effectively plan for the future. In groups, they research the programs and services available to them to discover the opportunities that await them. They read different sections of a book to help them realize they are not alone in planning and getting their life back on track.
In this United States history and government standardized test practice worksheet, young scholars respond to 50 multiple choice, 1 essay, and 14 short answer questions that require them to review their knowledge of history and government in the United States.
Students analyze the work on independent judiciaries. In this federal courts lesson, students listen to their instructor lecture on details of federal cases. Students respond to discussion questions and participate in an activity connected to the content of the lecture.
Students research capital punishment policies supported by leaders who have issued pardons, then reflect on how executive pardons might affect the balance of power between the branches of government.
In this Crime and Deviance learning exercise, students read and answer questions, including applying theories to current events and writing a response to an essay question.
In this Regents High School Comprehensive Examination worksheet, students listen to a passage and answer ten multiple choice questions to check comprehension.  Students then complete an essay response in which they write a feature article giving advice on writing successful How-To articles.
Students analyze artist's themes and means of communication, think critically about their sources of information, and weigh claims of national security against the civil liberties of diverse groups.
Learners discuss cases in which juveniles were convicted of horrific crimes. They answer questions in which there are no right or wrong answers related to juvenile delinquency.
High schoolers read the story, "The scene in the courtroom" then discuss a list of questions. They look at the criminal court system, and design their own user-friendly courtroom.
Young scholars 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. Young scholars draw comparisons between the internment camps and the "Patriot Act" passed following the September 11 terrorist attacks in the United States.
Students experience brainstorming and open-ended questioning strategies and research to develop a better understanding of the justice system.
Students discuss strengths and weaknesses of the court system in providing equal justice for all. They identify factors that cause these weaknesses and recommend solutions.
Young scholars explore desegregation in the courts. In this civil rights lesson, students listen to their instructor present a lecture on Supreme Court cases Brown v. Board of Education and Plessy v. Ferguson. Young scholars examine the cases and respond to dicussion questions..
Students simulate a trial where a crime has been committed and a judge decides on the sentencing. For this trial lesson plan, students discuss why boys and girls may view crimes differently.
Students read an article describing five Supreme Court cases involving students and choose one case to conduct further research on.
Learners, in groups, exchange their opinions and experiences on issues around respect and anti-social behavior. They come up with approaches to youth crime prevention and discuss and present their own solutions.
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.

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