Lesson Plan

Special Order 40

This Special Order 40 lesson plan also includes:

The city of Los Angeles' 1979 Special Order 40 states: "LAPD officers shall not initiate police action with the objective of discovering the alien status of a person." After reading a fact sheet that details the history of Special Order 40 and the issues in the current debate about the policy, groups conduct a panel discussion and decide what position to take on the policy.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Use the provided "Handling Controversy in the Classroom' to review protocols for safe, respectful discussions of controversial issues before presenting the lesson
  • Assign the article as homework rather than using class time for the reading


Classroom Considerations
  • Fourth in a series immigration-related resources designed to be used in order
  • Requires individual copies of the two handouts
  • The 2009 "Educating about Immigration" information sheet has been updated to reflect post-9/11 concerns and issues raised by the election of Donald Trump
  • The activity presumes a protocol is in place for the safe, respectful discussion of controversial issues
  • The fact sheet includes information about concerns raised by the President Trump's pledge to deport undocumented immigrants
  • The five-page resource includes a step-by-step plan, the fact sheet, and discussion questions
  • None