Periods 2,3 – Criminal Behavior Lesson Plans (9-25-2015)

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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 have created their complete juvenile justice essay in rough draft form.

*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 –

On the index card in front of you create an academic paragraph (6-7 sentence minimum) using the following words: Inculpatory Evidence, Intake Hearing, Parens Patriae, Concurrent Jurisdiction, Criminal Court.

Task #1 –

Friday Raffle! Lets see who won! The ticket will be drawn during 2nd period and put on the front board. Until the matching ticket is presented they shall stay on the board with the prize unclaimed.

Task #2 –

Before we begin writing today lets remember why we write. I want you to look at this poem by Martin Niemöller (1892–1984). He was a prominent Protestant pastor who emerged as an outspoken public foe of Adolf Hitler and spent the last seven years of Nazi rule in concentration camps. When we are done reading it I want a minimum of three volunteers to speculate why we read this poem and how it shows the power of idea and writing.

Web Link to Poem -> First they came for the Socialists

Task #3 –

On a piece of copy paper with a partner lets start building our evidence for the juvenile justice expository essay so we have a quick reference point.  On one side of the paper will be the arguments for why we need to be harsh on juveniles and on the other why juveniles need to be treated with rehabilitation and only tried as juveniles. The back side of the paper will contain the pros and cons for each of the arguments.

Task #4 –

Now lets look at developing this Juvenile Justice Essay beginning with the introduction. First and foremost we have to develop a good hook sentence to grab the readers. We are going to use the downloadable file below to guide our practice in this task.

Downloadable PDF -> Hooking the Reader Resource Lesson

Downloadable PPT -> Hooking the Reader Resource Lesson

Task #5 –

With our reasons in hand, reference page built, and a good introduction started now lets dive int0 writing the essay body paragraphs and conclusion.

Downloadable PDF ->Brooke Expository Writing PPT Refined

Downloadable PPT ->Brooke Expository Writing PPT Refined

Task #6 – 

Time permitting we will form up groups for peer evaluation of our work.

Ticket Out the Door –

Using the chart below state where you think we were operating today for the most part. What stage (1-4) do you think we achieved?

Webbs Depth of Knowledge Chart


TOTD (9-25-2015)


1- ( Due Monday 9-28-2015) 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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