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March 19

posted Mar 19, 2013, 5:24 AM by Peter Knowles
Day 34--

Learning Target ImageWhat will I be able to do when I've finished this lesson?How will I  accomplish this task?  How will I show that I have done this?How well will I have to do this?
 I will be able explain how the death penalty exists in the United States today. I will use a number of websites and class discussion to investigate how the death penalty is viewed and carried out in different areas of the country.I will complete an exit slip before leaving class that asks me to review what I have learnedThis is a formative assessment. I need to complete it carefully to provide material I will need later for my summative assessment. 

Today we'll complete a series of activities that deal with last night's assignment about the 8th Amendment. Work your way through the different steps at your pace. We'll stop as a class about half way through and discuss some of what you've been learning. 

Choose ONE of the three questions below that interests you (or that needs the most work) and follow one of the links that follow to add to your existing answer. 
Take a few minutes to read the linked page and add to your answer. 

2a) How has the Supreme Court defined “excessive” bail? (536)  How Bail Works

2b) How has the Supreme Court defined “cruel and unusual” punishment? (536-537) What makes punishment "cruel" and "unusual"?

2c) What sorts of details and issues have created unclear lines of when capital punishment is constitutional? (538) The Death Penalty

When finished, turn in your assignment. If it's on paper, hand it in. If you've done it on your computer, turn it in to the daily work dropbox

Then, we'll look at the current status of the 8th Amendment and Capital Punishment. 
Begin by looking at the map on page 537. 
What do you notice? 
Find 3 to 5 things you notice about the status of Capital Punishment in the United States in the map, and be ready to talk about them in just a few minutes. 
Additional maps that might help you can be found here and here.
You might want to add your ideas of what you notice to your homework assignment (if you still have access to it) or jot them down so you're ready when everyone else is. 

When finished, continue to think about last night's assignment on the 8th Amendment and capital punishment. 
The following articles all address different aspects of the topic. Read one of them, then discuss what your learned with another student. 
Complete this Exit Slip before leaving class today.


8. Diversity & Discrimination (21.1)



Level 1a) reservation

1b) refugee

Level 2a) How has the ethnic composition of the nation changed since it was created in 1789? (545-546)

2b) Why are women an unusual group among those who have faced discrimination (549)