ERIC Number: ED231720
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Law and Me: A Resource Guide for Social Studies Teachers in Milwaukee Public Middle Schools.
Donegan, Robert; And Others
Five units on legal education for junior high school social studies courses in Milwaukee schools are presented. Unit 1 focuses on the nature of law in a democratic society. Hypothetical situations examine the formation of society and laws, the pervasive nature of law in everyday life, the protection of air quality, consumer protection, the Bill of Rights, and landmark civil rights cases. Unit 2 consists solely of transparency masters which outline the structure of the American legal system. Charts trace a bill through the legislative process and outline pretrial and trial procedures. In Unit 3, students make value judgments about hypothetical situations, examine the magnitude of juvenile crime in Milwaukee and Wisconsin and the public and private costs of shoplifting, and participate in a "You Are the Judge" activity concerning juvenile violations. In Unit 4, students compile data from local newspapers on types of crimes committed and draw conclusions from several charts reprinted from the annual report of the Milwaukee police department. Unit 5 summarizes the major points of the four preceding units. Background readings for teachers outline the need for law in society, how the law develops and works, the Bill of Rights, and individual civil liberties. A chart identifying subject areas in which legal concepts can be incorporated is included. (KC)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Milwaukee Public Schools, WI. Div. of Curriculum and Instruction.