Crime and Punishment

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Should the United States ban the death penalty? Scholars use real-life examples of criminal activity to come to their own conclusions on the death penalty. Primary source documents, as well as video clips, open the issue of capital punishment for discussion and analyzation. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Introduce the lesson with a survey question on the death penalty 
  • Extend the lesson by inviting a lawyer, judge, or police officer into the class as a guest speaker on the death penalty
  • Split the class in half and debate both sides of the death penalty
Classroom Considerations

  • Group size should be no larger than three (unless the class holds a debate)
  • Topic of the death penalty can be sensitive for the class

  • Resource provides printable handouts for use in class 
  • Extension opportunities with additional cited resources available online

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