By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:
- Research, critically evaluate and summarize visual and written source material on the death penalty
- Discuss the emotional, moral and ethical impact of serving on a capital trial by listening to the viewpoints of jury members
- Cite a range of primary texts they used to inform their viewpoints on the death penalty
- Develop and write essays on their views of the death penalty using the guidelines from the "This I Believe" format
GRADE LEVELS: 9-12
Civics, Current Events, Language Arts, Law, Philosophy, U.S. History
Internet access and equipment to show the class online video clips from Lindy Lou, Juror Number 2 and for students to conduct research.
ESTIMATED TIME NEEDED
Approximately one 90-minute class plus homework.
A NOTE TO TEACHERS
This film contains mature content and conversations about the death penalty. If you suspect that parents/guardians might be concerned about the subject matter, you may want to send home a note prior to the lesson explaining that students will view clips from a film that examines a legal case involving the execution of a man in 2006. It may also be important to share that students will be writing about their own points of view on the death penalty, which may involve individual moral, ethical and religious connections.