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Local Four Minute Men Committee
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.
Why Juveniles Commit Crimes
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, they write an essay on their reactions and feelings toward juvenile delinquency.
Teaching Juveniles How to Plan for The Future
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.
Regents High School Examination: United States History and Government, January 29, 2009
In this United States history and government standardized test practice worksheet, students 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.
Voters and Judges
Students analyze the work on independent judiciaries. In this federal courts activity, 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.
Pardon Me, Please
Learners 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.
Regents High School Examination Comprehensive Examination in English Session One (2004)
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.
Introduction to Juvenile Delinquency
Students 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.
Damilola Taylor: Young people in court
Students 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.
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.
Wartime and the Bill of Rights: The Korematsu Case
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.
In the Courts
Students explore desegregation in the courts. For 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. Students examine the cases and respond to dicussion questions..
Was the Great Society Successful?
Students explore the Great Society. In this U.S. history and government lesson, students view the video "The Great Society," identify the major points of the speech, and compare and contrast the content with The New Deal.
The Sentencing Activity
Students simulate a trial where a crime has been committed and a judge decides on the sentencing. In this trial lesson plan, students discuss why boys and girls may view crimes differently.
The Supreme Court's Rulings on Young People
Pupils read an article describing five Supreme Court cases involving students and choose one case to conduct further research on.
Students, 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.
Selecting a Chief Justice For The United States Supreme Court: The Senate Confirmation Hearings of Judge John Roberts, Jr.
Students review the procedures for selecting a new Supreme Court Justice. In groups, they determine which questions the nominee should be asked and practice asking the questions with a classmate. They watch the confirmation hearings and discuss their reactions.
Violent Video Games - Lesson Plan
High schoolers examine violence in video games. In this American history lesson, students read an article on the link between video games and violence. High schoolers respond to discussion questions and debate the topic.