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FEATURED LESSON PLAN: DID TEXAS EXECUTE AN INNOCENT MAN?
In this lesson, students will examine evidence used in a 1994 case to convict Cameron Todd Willingham, who was executed for the arson-murder of his three young daughters. Students will also review a later study that re-examined the evidence and determined that arson was not involved. Finally, students will judge for themselves whether or not the state proved its case against Willingham. For primary source documents and other background materials on this case, please see Related Resources.
Social Studies, Civics, Law
The student will:
Estimated Time Needed:
One 50-minute class period. For classrooms able to spend more time or that need additional background, please see the teaching strategies outlined in the Lesson Extensions.
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