Period 2,3 – Criminal Behavior Lesson Plan (9-17-2015)

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Juvenile Criminal Offenders – Case Study Day II – Kenneth Young


Juvenile Offenders

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

Student’s knowledge level of the U.S. juvenile justice system, in addition to that of other countries will increase by 70% by the end of this unit. Success will be determined by comparing students end of unit assessment results against those given at the beginning of the unit. Previous criminal behavior course grade data indicates student knowledge level of the subject gains at minimum a 60% increase in understanding.

*Unit S.M.A.R.T. Goal written with this downloadable guide -> SmartGoals Template for Educators

Today’s Objective:

Students will list and appraise the case of Kenneth Young who was arrested at age 14 for being an accomplice in 4 armed robberies and in return originally received a sentence of life without parole.

*Lesson objective written with this downloadable guide -> Writing Learning Objectives Guide


Kenneth Young

Task #1 – Lets briefly verbally review Kenneth’s Case. Feel free to use the links below as resources.

Website -> “15 to Life” Kenneth Young PBS

Website -> Tampa Bay Times Original Article Post Resentencing 

Task #2 – Now that we are warmed up I want you to answer the discussion questions below:

1)If you could ask anyone in the film a single question, who would it be and what would you want to know?

2)What did you learn from this film? What insights did it provide?

3)If a friend asked you what this film was about, what would you say?

4)Describe a moment or scene in the film that you found particularly disturbing or moving. What was it about that scene that was especially compelling for you?

Task #3 – We are now going to come back together as a group for discussion together.

Task #4 – In light of what you learned about Kenneth’s case, in what ways do you think these current policies serve the public interest:

1)Trying juveniles as adults

2)Sentencing juveniles to life without possibility of parole

3)Incarcerating youth in adult facilities

4)Placing juveniles in solitary confinement because adult prisons have no other way to protect them from older inmates

5)Denying juveniles serving life sentences access to educational opportunities because they are deemed a waste of resources for people who will never be released

Task #5 – Use the link below to go to a online public discussion forum hosted  by PBS.

Online Discussion Forum -> PBS –  Kenneth’s Young’s Case

You will not be required to contribute online to the discussion. If you want to you are welcome to weigh in. You will see I myself posted this morning. On another piece of paper I want you to fold it into two columns. On the top put the title: Views on Kenneth Young. Above the left column put “FOR” and on the right column put “AGAINST”. I want you to start scrolling through the conversation and record the names of people who are weighing in  in the column for the side of the argument they seem to be on. Additionally, briefly note what their main reasoning is.

Task #6 – Once we have gotten to almost 20 responses I want you to answer the two debrief questions below.

1.What did you notice about people’s reactions to Kenneth’s trial?

2.How many people were for him vs against him?

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