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Ch 1: Criminal Justice Lesson Plans

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Let us help you create interesting and informative curriculum for your students with the criminal justice lesson plans provided in this helpful chapter. Our mobile-friendly lessons are written by professional instructors so you can feel confident that what you're teaching meets educational standards.

Criminal Justice Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

This fun chapter offers you a variety of lesson plans and activities that help you effectively teach your classes about criminal justice. Topics covered in this chapter include:

  • Crime and deviance
  • Mock trials
  • Jury trials and jury selection as its used in civil litigation
  • Due process
  • Legalism
  • Capital punishment
  • Gun control
  • Jails in the U.S.
  • The history of Alcatraz Prison
  • The significance of the Scottsboro trial and the Scopes trial

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25 Lessons in Chapter 1: Criminal Justice Lesson Plans
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Deviance Lesson Plan

1. Deviance Lesson Plan

What is deviance and why does it occur? This lesson plan uses a video lesson to define deviance while explaining several theories on it. An activity gives students the chance to demonstrate what they've learned.

Deviance in Sociology: Definition, Theories & Examples

2. Deviance in Sociology: Definition, Theories & Examples

Deviance is defined as the recognized violation of cultural norms. Learn more about the definition and some of the major theories attached to deviance and test your knowledge with a quiz.

Crime & Deviance Lesson Plan

3. Crime & Deviance Lesson Plan

If you're discussing crime in your class, use this lesson plan to explore four reasons behind the punishments used in the US. Students will watch a video, participate in discussion questions, complete an activity and take a quiz.

Crime and Deviance in the U.S. Criminal Justice System: Punishment and Due Process

4. Crime and Deviance in the U.S. Criminal Justice System: Punishment and Due Process

In this lesson, we discuss the U.S. criminal justice system and how it deals with deviant acts. We define due process and discuss four rationales for social punishment: retribution, deterrence, rehabilitation, and societal protection.

Jury Trial and Selection in Civil Litigation

5. Jury Trial and Selection in Civil Litigation

When a civil action leads to a trial, a jury is selected. The selection process general involves the parties or attorneys for the parties to question potential jurors from a pool of jury candidates. Once a jury is selected, the jury trial moves through various steps ending in a final decision.

Gun Control Lesson Plan

6. Gun Control Lesson Plan

What is gun control and why is it an important issue in modern America? This lesson plan uses an engaging text lesson to explain key facts about gun control. An analysis activity empowers students to think critically about the issue.

What Is Gun Control? - Facts, Laws, Pros & Cons

7. What Is Gun Control? - Facts, Laws, Pros & Cons

The topic of gun control often sparks furious debate, even among the closest of friends. This lesson explores the concept of gun control, the history of gun control legislation, and the arguments for and against restrictive gun laws.

Jail Lesson Plan

8. Jail Lesson Plan

What are jails and what role do they play in our society? This lesson plan uses a video lesson to outline critical facts about jails. An activity connects students with life in jail.

Jails in the U.S.: Role & Administrative Issues

9. Jails in the U.S.: Role & Administrative Issues

Jails are one means of incarceration used in the U.S. criminal justice system. This lesson explains the role of jails, the difference between jails and prisons, and some challenges jail administrators face.

Due Process Lesson Plan

10. Due Process Lesson Plan

Through the use of an information-packed text lesson, several mini-activities as well as a hands-on creative demonstration, this lesson plan will help students better understand and appreciate the concept of due process.

What Is Due Process in Crime Control? - Definition & Guarantees

11. What Is Due Process in Crime Control? - Definition & Guarantees

Due process refers to the means, guaranteed by the Constitution, for insuring that the government provides justice to its citizens in all legal proceedings. Learn more about due process in crime control and test your knowledge with a quiz.

Capital Punishment Lesson Plan

12. Capital Punishment Lesson Plan

This lesson plan uses a video lesson and quiz, several activities, an optional essay as well as discussion questions to help students learn and think through the various aspects of capital punishment.

Capital Punishment: Definition, Forms & Moral Arguments

13. Capital Punishment: Definition, Forms & Moral Arguments

In some societies, the ultimate punishment is to deprive someone of life. The methods used to do this, as well as the arguments for and against such action, are discussed in this lesson.

Legalism Lesson Plan

14. Legalism Lesson Plan

If you are discussing strict interpretation of the constitution or the Bible, this lesson plan explores legalism and explains different types. Students will read a lesson, answer discussion questions, complete an activity and take a quiz.

Legalism: Definition & Beliefs

15. Legalism: Definition & Beliefs

Through this lesson, you will learn what defines the concept of legalism, and gain an understanding of the various contexts in which it is applied. When you are through with the lesson, you can test your new knowledge with a short quiz.

Alcatraz Prison Lesson Plan for Elementary School

16. Alcatraz Prison Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Teach about the infamous prison Alcatraz with this lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson giving the history and facts of the prison, discuss content and explore in creative ways.

Alcatraz Lesson for Kids: History & Facts

17. Alcatraz Lesson for Kids: History & Facts

Imagine swimming over a mile across shark-infested and frigid waters to escape from a prison! That's what over 36 different inmates at the famous Alcatraz prison attempted to do over many different years. The prison had a long and interesting history before it closed its doors in 1963.

Scottsboro Trial Lesson Plan

18. Scottsboro Trial Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will help students summarize and analyze the sequence of events and their impact on future judicial rulings as they learn about the Scottsboro Trials.

The Scopes Trial and Scottsboro Trials: Summaries & Significance

19. The Scopes Trial and Scottsboro Trials: Summaries & Significance

In this lesson, we will examine two important legal cases: the Scopes 'Monkey' Trial and the Scottsboro Trials. We will highlight the events surrounding the cases, and explore the impact they had on American society.

Harassment Lesson Plan

20. Harassment Lesson Plan

In this lesson plan, students will learn about harassment. After reading a text and discussing it as a class, students will get creative and write metaphors about harassment.

Harassment: Definition & Examples

21. Harassment: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, you will learn more about sexual harassment in the work place. For clarity purposes, you will also be given specific examples of what sexual harassment looks like.

Child Abuse & Neglect Lesson Plan

22. Child Abuse & Neglect Lesson Plan

Child abuse and neglect are critical issues in education. This lesson plan uses a video lesson to introduce and explain examples of abuse and neglect. An activity gives students practice in differentiating between the two.

Chain of Custody Lesson Plan

23. Chain of Custody Lesson Plan

One of the captivating aspects of crime dramas is evidence gathering. Students will find this lesson plan exciting as they learn about the chain of custody in establishing how a crime occurred. They will watch a video, answer questions, complete an activity and take a quiz.

Mock Trial Lesson Plan

24. Mock Trial Lesson Plan

Want to be guilty of great instruction? Walk your students through a mock trial after using a video lesson to provide them with the basics. For more on this topic, consider our ideas for related lessons and extra activities.

Crime Scene Lesson Plan

25. Crime Scene Lesson Plan

This lesson plan provides teachers with ideas about how to teach students about a crime scene. Students will learn about different types of crime scenes and steps that are taken to secure a crime scene.

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