Death Penalty

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Should the United States continue the practice of capital punishment? Scholars set out to answer the question in preparation for a class debate or discussion about the death penalty. They watch videos, analyze charts about death penalty laws by state, and browse a historical timeline. They also read web viewers' comments and submit their own opinions on the website. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Strengthen argumentative skills by assigning roles to students to have them defend an opposing viewpoint
Classroom Considerations
  • Topic may pose sensitivity concerns
  • Requires computers with Internet access to research debate topics
  • Time required for research may vary 
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
  • Provides a comprehensive collection of resources to help learners develop an informed opinion
  • Pros and cons are separated by category, making information accessible and easy to navigate  
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