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Law Feb 18. Opener (10 min): Introduce Socratic Seminar (10 min) Watch “Stop and Frisk Video” Notes (30 min) Read “Stop and Frisk” opinion pieces

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Law feb 18

Law Feb 18

  • Opener (10 min): Introduce Socratic Seminar

  • (10 min) Watch “Stop and Frisk Video” Notes

  • (30 min) Read “Stop and Frisk” opinion pieces

  • HW: Write your own 2-3 paragraph “Stop and Frisk” opinion paper answering the EQ: Do policing methods unfairly determine who goes to jail or runs into trouble with the law?/Are these methods constitutional?

Know your rights

Know Your Rights

  • What is the only information you should provide if an officer approaches you?

  • What should you say to invoke your 5th and 6th amendment rights?

  • What should you say to invoke your 4th amendment rights?

  • T/F Sarcasm is fine. A little humor never hurt

  • T/F Do not reach into your pocket without asking permission

  • T/F Do not talk to anyone except your family and your lawyer about your case.

Do policing methods unfairly determine who goes to jail or runs into trouble with the law

Do policing methods unfairly determine who goes to jail or runs into trouble with the law?


  • Always keep the EQ in mind.

  • As you watch the video please take detailed notes (in the right column).

  • After viewing the video review your notes to write questions and main points (in the left column)

Stop and frisk readings

Stop and Frisk Readings

  • As we read, annotate each article to prepare for Socratic seminar. Suggestions:

    • Underline evidence that helps you answer the EQ

    • As you come up with answers to the EQ that arise as a result of the text, record them in the margins

    • Circle key vocabulary and write definition in the margins

    • Record questions that come up as a result of the article.

  • You may also choose to write Cornell Notes to help you to more thoroughly engage with the text

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  • Write a “Stop and Frisk” Opinion Paper

  • Opinion Must Include:

    • Title for your response

    • Thesis sentence that answers the EQ: Is stop and frisk an effective policing technique?”

      • Is it constitutional?

      • Who does it protect?

      • Who does it harm?

    • Use 4 pieces of evidence from the video and readings

    • CITE YOUR SOURCES!!!!!!!

Law feb 19 plea bargain

Law Feb 19-Plea Bargain

  • Opening: (5-10 min)

    • If you were accused of a crime, what are the benefits of taking a plea bargain?

    • What are the drawbacks of taking a plea bargain?

  • Plea Bargain Role Play (30 min)

    • Students will work in groups of six: 2 defense, 2 prosecution, 2 observers

  • Closer: How effective is the plea bargaining system?

    • Is it constitutional (consider 4, 5, and 6th amendment)

    • Is it fair to the accused? Is it fair to society?

  • Homework: Read and annotate “The Problem with Pleas”

    • (I will check to see that you have written detailed annotations)

Plea bargain role play 5 min

Plea Bargain Role Play (5 min)

  • Students will sit with groups of 6-7 and decide: who will be observers, who will be defense, and who will be prosecution

  • Students will receive relevant handouts

    • Fact Pattern: All students

    • b. Directions for Negotiation: All students

    • c. Sentencing Guidelines: All students

    • d. Confidential Information – Defense: defense teams only.

    • e. Confidential Information – Prosecution: Prosecution teams only.

    • f. Negotiation worksheet: One for each prosecution team and one for

    • each defense team.

    • g. Observer memo: One for each observer team.

Plea bargain instructions

Plea Bargain Instructions

  • Students will first meet with their “partners” to discuss their strategy for the negotiation. They will have 5 minutes to discuss the issues and fill out their worksheets. (5 minutes)

  • Next, the teams will meet in their pre-assigned group of six to conduct the negotiation. (15 minutes)

  • Students will reach their final settlements and the observers will collect and turn-in all negotiation worksheets. (2 minutes)

  • Discuss the exercise and tally the results of the negotiations on the board. Poll the observers to determine what techniques were most effective. Do you think this process was fair? Why or why not? (5 minutes)

Feb 20 21 the plea

Feb 20-21: The Plea

  • Watch Frontline: The Plea


  • Take detailed Cornell Notes on the film

  • Keep the essential question in mind: To what extent does plea bargaining fulfill our 6th amendment guarantee of a right to a fair trial?

  • Homework: Opinion Statement on Plea Bargaining

Feb 24

Feb 24

  • Review Justices 5-4, Tell California to Cut Prisoner Population

  • Homework:

    • Prepare 5 open ended questions

    • Prepare 5 content questions (with answers)

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