Students will analyze data and trends from national crime statistics in addition to reading the expository text to: (1) create community service posters or leaflets to inform their peers of trends and statistics of teen crime and potential consequences and, (2) write a persuasive essay that responds to the ongoing debate of sentencing juveniles as adults for crimes committed as teens.
- Learn the concept of "justice"
- Read and annotate the expository text
- Make predictions and ask initial questions after briefly perusing text
- View videos and take notes
- Discuss, compare and contrast, and interpret information presented in graphs and tables
- Develop empathy for others
- Develop a sense of moral responsibility
- Formulate opinions based on facts
- Demonstrate responsibility as a member of a community
- Articulate ideas in a persuasive essay
Using all the articles, video, and discussion as resources and the community service project, students will compose a persuasive essay (approximately 800-1000 words long) that will include all elements required for a 9th-10th grade persuasive composition:
- Attention grabber
- Background information
- Thesis Statement
- Topic Sentence
- Supporting Evidence (using logical, ethical, and emotional appeals)
- Elaboration based on evidence
- Transitional sentence
- Restatement of Thesis
- Summary of key points
- Call to action
Teens, Crime, and the Community, Student Edition (Paperback) published by McGraw-Hill
They Broke the Law-You Be the Judge: True Cases of Teen Crime (Paperback) by Thomas A. Jacobs
Students learn how to become experts at using, explaining, and understanding the word and concept of JUSTICE.
Students learn how to sift through, evaluate and USE data to support a position on a topic or idea.