ERIC Number: ED211396
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Vermont Elementary Law-Related Education Guide, 1981.
Lengel, James G.; And Others
This guide is intended as an aid to elementary school classroom teachers in Vermont as they develop and implement legal education programs. It presents background materials for the teacher, 22 sample lessons drawn from various curriculum projects, and a bibliography of law-related resources. The document is presented in three major sections. In the first section, the guide is introduced and a rationale for law-related education is presented. In addition, the teaching strategies used in the sample lessons are introduced. The second section offers sample lessons on five topics--the need for law, freedom, authority, fairness, and conflict. Students are involved in a wide variety of activities, including playing educational games, roleplaying, analyzing literary works such as "The Tale of Peter Rabbit" for relevant legal concepts, filling in charts and graphs, answering questions orally and in writing about case studies presented as part of several lessons, and devising rules to regulate class behavior. For each activity, information is presented on background, objectives, procedures, and reading selections. In the final section, suggestions are made to help teachers obtain and use a variety of outside resources for teaching law-related education. Suggestions refer to curriculum packages, ideas for using law-related resource people, and field-work in the school and/or classroom. The document concludes with a bibliography of children's books that lend themselves to teaching legal concepts. (Author/DB)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Vermont State Dept. of Education, Montpelier.
Note: Not available from EDRS in paper copy due to poor legibility throughout original document. Some pages may not reproduce clearly from EDRS in microfiche.