ERIC Number: ED200501
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Learning About Law. A Law-Related Instructional Unit for Children in Grades 5 and 6.
Naylor, David T.
This document contains an instructional booklet for teachers and a book of spiritmaster handouts for use by students in fifth and sixth grade social studies programs on law-related education. The general objective of the unit is to help elementary school pupils understand and deal successfully with a variety of rules, responsibilities, and laws. More specific objectives include helping students distinguish between laws and customs and between the facilitative and restrictive nature of law, recognize and provide examples of how the law affects individuals, distinguish between freedom and license, propose at least one law that could improve community life, accept differences in opinion regarding specific laws, classify laws according to the functions they serve, and formulate hypotheses concerning the necessity of laws in given situations. The unit is presented in 14 lessons, entitled What is a law? Laws and Customs, How do you feel about Law? How Law Affects You, Understanding Freedom, Living without Law, a Need for Law? Reasons For Law, Law Meets Common Needs, Laws Should be Clear and Understandable, Laws for a Modern Society, Recognizing Good Laws, Writing a Good Law, and How Do You Feel About Law? For each lesson, information is presented on objectives, an overview, procedures, activities, and handouts. Students are involved in a variety of activities, including keeping an individualized booklet on laws, brainstorming, writing down laws relating to things they see from the classroom window, discussing laws in class, drawing murals depicting familiar laws, and analyzing silly and poorly written laws. Handouts to accompany the lessons include matching exercises, fill-in-the-blanks exercises, quizzes, and stories illustrating legal concepts. The unit can be taught as a consecutive miniunit or as a series of sub-units integrated into the existing curriculum. (DB)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ohio State Dept. of Economic and Community Development, Columbus. Office of Criminal Justice Services.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Bar Association, Columbus.
Note: For related documents, see SO 013 268-270.