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IP 41 Law and Justice 1 Course DevelopmentUnit 3: Criminal and Constitutional Law

Unit Details

  • Course Weight: 20%
  • Hours of Instruction: 28 +/-
  • Course Assessment Questions: 20
  • Standard: The Learner will be able to understand basic criminal and constitutional law (RBT: B2)


Indicators

  1. Examine the structure and processes of the criminal justice system.
  2. Differentiate between civil law and criminal law.
  3. Explore the rights of citizens guaranteed by the United States.
  4. Explain the powers granted to the police and the restrictions placed upon them by the respective constitutions and amendments.
  5. Describe how laws are classified.
  6. Describe a crime that includes all ideal elements.
  7. Select criminal charges based on given scenarios.


My Lesson

  • Feel free to use my plans as a guide. My course is based on 52 minute class periods. My students in the first year course are 9th or 10th graders. These materials may need updating. Be sure to check web links.
  • I use the textbook Introduction to Criminal Justice by Bohm/Haley. References to assignments or readings would be from this text. You may be able to get a complementary copy from Glencoe/McGraw Hill.
  • I split this into two sections. One that focuses on the the legal system and U.S. Constitution and the other that focuses more on state law.
  • You will need to apply the corresponding North Carolina criminal code.
  • We have to certify our students in CPR and AEDs each year. So those are in the daily outline.

Daily Outline

  • 1 - Media: A Case for Innocence, Reading Notes Assigned for Chapter 8
  • 2 - Media: A Case for Innocence (or media on false convictions)
  • 3 - Media: Plea Bargaining: Dealing for Justice (or some media on plea bargaining), discuss A Case for Innocence
  • 4 - Chapter 4 Reading Notes in class
  • 5 - Notes
  • 6 - Notes
  • 7 - Notes
  • 8 - Notes
  • 9 - CPR Certification
  • 10 - CPR Certification
  • 11 - Notes
  • 12 - Notes
  • 13 - Case Scenarios from Search & Seizure Bulletin (or other case law source)
  • 14 - Case Scenarios day 2
  • 15 - Notes
  • 16 - Notes
  • 17 - Notes
  • 18 - Game Show
  • 19 - Review
  • 20 - Test, Assign Reading Notes for Chapter 2
  • 21 - Media: Court TV: Courtroom Myths (or other introductory media about courts)
  • 22 - In Class Reading Notes
  • 23 - 60 Minutes – Journey into Madness (about Capitol Hill gunman Russell Weston, Jr.), insanity debate/discussion
  • 24 - Notes
  • 25 - Notes
  • 26 - Code
  • 27 - Code
  • 28 - Code
  • 29 - Code
  • 30 - Criminal Law Scenarios
  • 31 - Criminal Law Scenarios, Review
  • 32 - Game Show
  • 33 - Test

My Dropbox

All the files I used in the this unit can be viewed and downloaded. To print, be sure to download first.
For the first section Con Law Click Here
For the second section Criminal Law Click Here (remember it is Georgia Law specific)

Lesson Plan

You may find using this file to design your lesson plan useful.



Additional Resources

My Current Course

My current course is a bit different, but it will still help you in developing your course.

CTE Online

Offers free online content for teachers. Registration required.
  • Scroll to Section: Civil & Criminal Courts - Click Here

TEA CTE

Texas Education Agency has online teacher materials for Texas courses. Click Here
LE I:
  • Unit 3: United States Legal System
  • Unit 6: Crime and Punishment
LE II
  • Unit 8: Civil Law & Procedure
Court Systems & Practices
  • Unit 2: Federal vs State Court Systems
  • Unit 3 - Constitutional Considerations
  • Unit 4: Types of Laws
  • Unit 6: Crime Classifications
Others - all free
  • Bill of Rights Institute - tons of lessons. Click Here
  • The Constitution Project - many streamed documentaries and lesson plans - Click Here
  • Annenberg Classroom - Civics in genreal, but great stuff on Constitution. Be sure to check the games - Click Here
  • Foundations in Law and Foundations in Criminal Justice - many, many lessons to review. Many high quality lesson links within. Click Here
  • Judicial Learning Center - ridiculous amount of materials. Teacher and student sections. Student sections have "challenges" they can take. Click Here
  • Texas Bar LRE has an awesome game on jury selection. Students get a score - and let the competition begin! Click Here
  • North Carolina General Assembly - North Carolina General Statutes Chapter 14: Criminal Law Click Here