Is the Death Penalty Constitutional?

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Is the death penalty constitutional? To prepare for a Structured Academic Controversy (SAC) activity on this topic, partners brainstorm questions and read primary source documents to find answers to their questions. Groups are then assigned a position and argue for or against the legality of the death penalty. At the conclusion of the SAC, individuals craft their own position statement, supporting their argument with evidence drawn from the discussion and the source materials

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CCSS: Designed

  • Packet includes a wide variety of primary source materials
  • Materials address political and ethical aspects of the issue
  • Carefully scaffolded activity
  • Sample essay included in the packet



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