ERIC Number: ED199161
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Justice Education Teaching Strategies (JETS): K-6, 6.
Nelson, Murry, Ed.
This teaching guide, one in a series of K-6 guides, contains classroom activities dealing with citizenship education for use with children in sixth grade. The purpose of the series is to promote and maintain positive student attitudes and behavior and to assist students in understanding their rights and meeting their responsibilities to help insure the safety and welfare of self and others. There are four units of study. Most of the units are self-contained. However, some of the activities do require the use of publisher available resources. In Units I through IV, students study rules and laws, authority, conflict, and crime. Students are involved in many different kinds of activities. Some examples follow. In one activity on values, students draw pictures or cut out pictures from magazines of things they highly value. After identifying what each picture represents, students hang the pictures in order of preference with the most valued at the top. A class discussion follows. The unit on authority involves students in producing a witch trial. They first accuse a member of the class of a crime in an arbitrary fashion. They tell the accused that he or she is going to be tried in a court of law for the alleged crime, only this trial is going to be a little different. A portion of the classroom, about five feet wide and ten feet long, is sectioned off and 12 or 15 empty milk cartons are randomly located in this area. They then explain to the child that their guilt or innocence will be determined by their ability or inability to traverse the prescribed area without knocking down any of the milk cartons. The task is impossible and, therefore, innocence is impossible. The class then contrasts this method of justice with our trial by jury system. Other activities involve students in producing plays, reading and discussing stories, viewing films, analyzing cartoons, playing games, and conducting mock trials. The guide concludes with a listing of print and nonprint student materials. (Author/RM)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pennsylvania State Commission on Crime and Delinquency, Harrisburg.
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. Bureau of Curriculum Services.
Note: For a list of related documents, see SO 013 213. Some pages may not reproduce clearly from EDRS due to light print type of italics and some small print throughout original document.