Period 1 – Criminal Behavior Lesson Plan (5-5-2015)

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Juvenile Criminal Offenders


Juvenile Offenders

Unit S.M.A.R.T. Goal:

Students will assist in determining the best legal course of action to help lower the juvenile re-incarceration rate.

Today’s Objective:

Students will be developing their own summative juvenile justice unit.

Behavioral Norms (Student Developed):

  1. “Respect others opinions”- Selena (20 votes)
  2. “Staying on task” – Israel /Ally/Kenny ( 21 votes)
  3. “Only one person is allowed to talk at a time” – Charles (22 votes)
  4. “If you feel like you are going to lose control or getting irritated you need to let Mr. Tyler know and stand outside his door” – Tyler (23 votes)




Task #1 -Finish write ups from yesterday (5 minutes)

Task #2-  Film analysis questions

Downloadable PDF -> Film Analysis Questsions

Task #3 – Identify the five main issues in the juvenile justice program

Student Responses:

1. Relapse Rates

2. Suicide Rates

3. Unfair punishments

4. Co locating juvenile offenders with adults

5. Restricted/ lack of rehab programs

Task #4 – In groups develop a summative project for the juvenile justice unit.

Task #5 – Vote

Student Results:

As a class we decided that all four ideas had merit and that students should have the ability to choose which summative they want to do for this unit. The four results were:

1. Tri-Fold Board (groups 2,3,7) addressing the five problems

2. Interview (groups 1,8) someone who has been in prison to get their take on how it could be improved.

3. Essay (group 4) addressing the five problems

4. 3D model of a better Prison Design (group 5,6,9) so that adults and juveniles could be co located with better results

Task #6 – Brief analysis – Compare and contrast Miles Folsom’s behavior when he was in the Juvenile wing of Wabash Correction vs when he was transferred to the adult side.


Tonight I want you to take the five main issues with the juvenile justice system that we identified and develop one solution for each of these problems.