Periods 2,3, – Criminal Behavior Lesson Plans (9-23-2015)

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Juvenile Criminal Offenders – Writing the expository essay.


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. Please visit my GRADE page of this website for specific data.

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

Today’s Objective:

Students will successfully be comparing and contrasting various juvenile justice systems from around the world in addition to examining the merit of the US Juvenile Justice system.

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

C.C.S.S. Standards:

WHST 11-12.1- Write arguments focused on discipline – specific content. a. Introduce precise, knowledgeable claim(s), establish the significance of the claim(s), distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and create an organization that logically sequences the claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence.

Unit Vocabulary:

Downloadable PDF -> Juvenile Justice Vocabulary


Warm Up – “Chalk Talk”. Today when you come into class you will see the words “Justice” written on the white board. By yourself or with a partner come up to the board and write a phrase you would associate with this topic. Don’t forget to put your names underneath.

Period 2 Results:

Period 2 - Chalk Talk (9-23-2015)

Period 3 Results:

Period 3 - Chalk Talk (9-23-2015)

Task #1 – Due to the fact we did not get a chance to do the “Thought Groups” yesterday we will be starting today off with them. After reading through your recommendations from Monday we are going to try a new version of our “Thought Groups” today using Costas Levels of Thinking and Questioning again.

Downloadable Directions PDF -> Mr Tylers Thought Groups Directions

Web Resource -> Online Stop Watch 

Task #2 – In your groups of four you will each be given a large piece of paper. On this paper you will be weighing the pros and cons of each of the juvenile justice systems you have seen recently. The formatting of the paper to meet the objective of the assignment is up to you. Don’t forget to address all the countries:USA, BRAZIL, ENGLAND, MONGOLIA, GEORGIA, PHILIPPINES.

Task #3 – Now let’s go back into pairs and we are going to write a sentence that makes sense for each of the vocabulary words from this unit.

Task #4 – Vocabulary conversation competition between partners. You will be partnered up with the student next to you. You will need to have an entire conversation containing the vocabulary words we just went over. Once you get through all ten words your pair sits down.

Task #5 – Having compared and contrasted followed by practicing our vocabulary words we will now practice our introductory paragraph. Specifically wither writing good hook and relevance sentences using our vocabulary words.

Task #6 – With the introduction done now we can sketch out where certain information from this unit belongs in the essay.


1- ( Due Friday 9-25-2015) Seven paragraph expository essay on the juvenile justice system. In an expository essay your goal is to, in this order, 1. Investigate 2.Evaluate 3. Expound and finally 4. Set a clear Argument. I have created a PDF file below to help you get started on this essay. If you run into any problems contact me for assistance.

Downloadable PDF -> Sample Expository Essay Material for a Juvenile Justice Essay

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