ERIC Number: ED366524
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
A Review of Innovative Approaches to LRE. Technical Assistance Bulletin No. 4.
Crosby, Mary Neil
This bulletin discusses some non-traditional teaching vehicles such as plays, computers, and "learning by doing" projects used to heighten student interest in law-related education (LRE) by offering students unique experiences in a variety of settings. Four plays that have been developed or sponsored by local bar associations include: (1) "Vote is a Four Letter Word," a one woman show tracing the origins of the voting right, from America's first legislative assembly in 1619 to the ratification of the 26th Amendment that reduced the voting age to 18 in 1971; (2) "The Kingdom v. Jack Spriggins," based on the "Jack and the Beanstalk" fairy tale in which students make up the jury at Jack's trial for murder, kidnapping, and theft; (3) "Rumpelstiltskin v. the Queen," based on the Rumpelstiltskin fairy tale; and (4) "The Trial of William Penn," set in England in the last 17th century, and based on the trial of William Penn and William Mead. A law related education program, also described, includes skits, three videotapes, and a program that explores the U.S. election system and gives students an opportunity to see how the electoral process works. Hands-on projects that are discussed include "Project Inside Out, a theater project that allow adolescents to experience what it feels like to be in jail; a constitutional writing camp in which students pretend to be colonists in a space colony; and Project PATCH ideas such as a student bill of rights and an international law project. Computer uses in education are discussed. (DK)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Computer Uses in Education, Curriculum Enrichment, Drama, Drama Workshops, Elementary Secondary Education, Experiential Learning, Law Related Education, Learning Activities, School Community Relationship, Social Studies, Surveys, Teaching Methods, Writing Workshops
American Bar Association, Special Committee on Youth Education for Citizenship, 750 N. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, IL 60611.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Bar Association, Chicago, IL. Special Committee on Youth Education for Citizenship.