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Patsy Buckner submitted an idea on Wednesday, October 02, 2013
My Idea
Hammurabi's Code v Capital Punishment: Cruel and Unusual??
How It Works
The students will be researching/comparing Hammurabi's Code and capital punishment in Tennessee. They will learn/choose pros and cons of each in preparation for a debate. The 8th Amendment along with the law code will be examined as well as how the Courts decisions have impacted state choices and laws as well as the rights of citizens. Debate protocols will be taught and explored, too. Finally, students will participate in a debate.
Educations Level(s)
Middle School
Subject(s)
World History, Writing, Government, Social Studies
Learning Objectives
The student will be able to describe Hammurabi's Code of Law and the time period and locations of when it was developed and determine possible causes for it's development. The student will be able to explain capital punishment in Tennessee and how the 8th Amendment impacts the decisions surrounding the laws regarding capital punishment.. The student will be able to research both using technology skills and inquiry methods to complete a pros/cons graphic organizer for Hammurabi's Code and capital punishment. The students will be able to create a timeline for capital punishment in Tennessee. The students will be able to examine and explain how the Supreme Court decisions have impacted state laws and Tennessee laws. The students will explore and compare citizens rights during the reign of Hammurabi and modern rights. The students will be able to randomly choose a position in a drawing and participate in a debate based on the choice.
Materials
The teacher and the media specialist will collaborate to plan to teach Cornell notetaking through analyzing a brief article (non-fiction informational text) that features Hammurabi's Code and view a short video clip about the code. The Tennessee Assistant Attorney General that specialized in capital cases will come and speak to the students about capital punishment in Tennessee, the 8th Amendment, and Hammurabi's Code. Laptops or iPads will be used by students for research purposes along with the World History textbooks. Graphic organizers will be used for students to record pros/cons of Hammurabi's Code and capital punishment in TN. Short video clips will be shown that show pro death penalty and anti death penalty positions. Citizen rights will be discussed via questioning methods. Debate protocol for classroom debates will be taught via powerpoint presentatation. Also a rubric for the debate will be given to students.
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