Prisons and Their Functions
Students explore the history of prisons. They examine how Reformers and Progressives influenced the functions of today's prisons. Students analyze whether or not the function of prisons has changed over time.
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While this instructional activity includes several nice worksheets to identify and discuss the various limits on government (i.e. a constitution, the rule of law, separation of powers, consent of the governed, etc.), its main value lies...
6th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
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9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
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9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
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8th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable