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High schoolers 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. High schoolers draw comparisons between the internment camps and the "Patriot Act" passed following the September 11 terrorist attacks in the United States.
Students 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. Students 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. In this trial lesson plan, students discuss why boys and girls may view crimes differently.
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.
Students 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.
Students examine violence in video games. In this American history lesson, students read an article on the link between video games and violence. Students respond to discussion questions and debate the topic.
Who needs laws? Junior high schoolers sure do! Provide your 7th-9th graders with an understandng about why laws are important and how they are used to create a functioning society. Learners use a series of handouts and readings to build a basic understanding of the US Judicial System. Materials are not included.
Students read "What Was Jim Crow?" and discuss. They look up vocabulary and discuss the role of violence necessary to maintain the Jim Crow System.
Students examine crime and fear of crime in the local community and how crime affects young people. They examine crime statistics and see how to make comparisons about national government policy on crime prevention and reduction.
Learners 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.
Young scholars watch a video that focuses on the alarming rise of violent crimes committed by juveniles. They see how the American justice system dealsl with these youthful offenders. They examine racial imbalance and color-blind justice.
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 lesson plan, 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 review various worldwide definitions of terrorism. After discussion, students can create their own sythesis or definition and evaluate certain situations for signs of terrorism.
Young scholars, after reading Chapter 1 in the book, "Latino Economics in the United States: Job Diversity," write an essay that compares the cultural as well as the historical factors (experiences with jobs, discrimination, education, etc.) of the three dominant Latino groups that directly affects their current economic positions in this country.
Students examine the need for laws. In this government lesson, students participate in 2 classroom activities that require them to consider the impact of laws on their personal lives. Students discuss how laws solve societal problems and how they can personally contribute to solving problems in their worlds.
Students discuss treatment of young people by the criminal justice system and debate whether or not that treatment is fair.
Are the juvenile courts fair? Learners read a bit from the classic Oliver Twist to consider how young people are treated and represented when they've been accused of a crime. They read a case study from their books, discuss children's rights, and take notes while watching a juvenile court case.