ERIC Number: ED231721
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jan
Law and Me: A Resource Guide for Social Studies Teachers in Milwaukee Public High Schools.
Donegan, Robert; And Others
Four units on legal education for high school social studies courses in Milwaukee schools are presented. Unit 1 briefly considers the nature of law in a democratic society. Using fictional situations, group activities, and diagrams, students examine the social contract, the pervasive nature of law in everyday life, and the sources of laws. In Unit 2, the goals of law in a free society are explored through activities which focus on air pollution, consumer rights, civil liberties, and the Bill of Rights. Students research recent civil rights legislation and examine race and sex discrimination. Unit 3 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 4, students compile data from local newspapers on types of crime committed and draw conclusions from several charts reprinted from the annual report of the Milwaukee police department. Students also debate capital punishment and simulate a conference on keeping order and a parole board. 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.
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