ERIC Number: ED250266
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
Finders Keepers: Property Rights of a Finder. A Student's Lesson Plan [and] A Teacher's Lesson Plan [and] A Lawyer's Lesson Plan.
Howard, Estelle; And Others
One of a series of secondary level teaching units presenting case studies with pro and con analyses of particular legal problems, the document presents a student's lesson plan, a teacher's lesson plan, and a lawyer's lesson plan designed to expose students to the basic concepts of "ownership" of personal property and how courts decide in favor of one party or another when one of the parties has possession of the property. The units provide students with an opportunity to re-examine their notions about ownership of found articles and to hold an open-ended discussion of the ethical and moral questions involved in the sayings, "possession is nine-tenths of the law" and "finders keepers, losers weepers." Although similar in content, the student and teacher lesson plans are presented separately to facilitiate individual or small group work by students and to provide teachers with additional background information. Prior to a lawyer's visit to the classroom, students examine case studies and view a film. Students then read "The Case of the Old Woman Meteorite" and participate in subsequent discussion. Teacher materials include readings on court cases and the court system and a simplified view of federal and California court structures. The lawyer's lesson plan provides further discussion of the case studies, questions concerning the resolution of disputes, hypothetical cases, and information about actual court cases. (LH)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Conflict Resolution, Court Litigation, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Justice, Laws, Learning Activities, Legal Education, Legal Problems, Lesson Plans, Secondary Education, Units of Study
Constitutional Rights Foundation, 1510 Cotner Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90025 ($4.95).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Guides - Classroom - Learner
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Constitutional Rights Foundation, Los Angeles, CA.
Identifiers: Law Related Education; Property Rights
Note: For similar lesson plans on different legal issues, see SO 016 038-046.