Expository Reading & Writing Curriculum California State University. Juvenile Justice. Activity 1 – Getting Ready to Read. Reflect If you committed a crime, do you think it would be fair for you to be punished the same way as an adult who committed the same crime? Write (5 minutes)
What was the crime?
Create Semantic Maps
Terms: Juvenile Crime
1st – Brainstorm a list of related words
2nd – Sort the words into categories
3rd – Label the categories
Supreme Court to Rule on Executing Young Killers
Kids Are Kids – Until they Commit Crimes
Listen to the first three paragraphs of Liptak’s article.
Read the first six paragraphs of “Kids are Kids” silently.
Adolescent behavior may alienate a jury.
3. Describe the demeanor of a teenager you know. Do you think that such a demeanor would cause a jury to be lenient? (per 7, 1, 6)
4. Do you think execution should be banned for some age groups of juveniles? Which age groups?
5. What factors do you think juries should take into account when they sentence juveniles?
6. Do you agree with Lundstrom that it is inconsistent to deny privileges like voting and drinking to teenagers but then to sentence them as adults? Why?
7. Do you think juveniles should be tried as adults if they commit especially bad crimes? Use the word “heinous” in your answer.
8. Do you agree with Lundstrom that the media perpetuates the stereotype of violent youths?
Subordinating Word… S + V + (Object) , S + V + (Object)
Bean, John C., Virginia A. Chappell, and Alice M. Gilliam. Reading Rhetorically: A Reader for Writers. New York: Longman, 2002.
Thompson, Paul. “Startling Finds on Teenage Brains.” Sacramento Bee 24 May 2001.
Primary Election 2000 Voter Guide. California Secretary of State. 31 December 2004. <http://primary2000.sos.ca.gov/VoterGuide/Propositions/21.htm>.
(facts, statistics, authorities, personal experience, anecdotes, stories, and scenarios)