⁣Lesson Plan: Kids Meet a Bank Robber

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⁣Lesson Plan: Kids Meet a Bank Robber

Grade Level: 10th Grade

Subject: Social Studies and Criminal Justice

Duration: 60 minutes

Common Core Standards:
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.1: Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions on topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.1: Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.

Students will meet a reformed bank robber, explore the consequences of criminal actions, and gain an understanding of the criminal justice system. They will engage in collaborative discussions, analyze the factors influencing criminal behavior, and develop arguments based on evidence.

- Guest speaker: Reformed bank robber or video interview with a reformed bank robber
- Whiteboard or chart paper
- Paper and pencils for note-taking

1. Introduction (10 minutes):
- Begin by discussing the concept of crime and its impact on individuals and society.
- Introduce the idea of a bank robber and the consequences of engaging in criminal activities.

2. Guest Speaker or Video Interview (20 minutes):
- Introduce a reformed bank robber as a guest speaker or show a video interview with a reformed bank robber.
- Allow the bank robber to share their personal story, motivations, and the consequences of their actions.
- Emphasize their journey towards rehabilitation and the lessons they have learned.

3. Collaborative Discussions (15 minutes):
- Divide students into small groups and ask them to discuss their thoughts and observations about criminal behavior and the consequences of committing a crime.
- Encourage them to ask questions, share their perspectives, and explore the factors that influence individuals to engage in criminal activities.

4. Analysis of Factors (10 minutes):
- Bring the class back together and facilitate a discussion on the factors that can contribute to criminal behavior, such as socio-economic conditions, peer influence, and personal circumstances.
- Discuss the role of the criminal justice system in preventing and addressing criminal actions.

5. Argumentative Writing (15 minutes):
- Instruct students to write an argumentative essay discussing the effectiveness of the criminal justice system in deterring and rehabilitating criminals.
- Encourage them to support their claims with valid reasoning and relevant evidence from the guest speaker's story or other credible sources.

6. Reflection and Closure (5 minutes):
- Have students share key points from their discussions or read excerpts from their argumentative essays.
- Lead a reflective discussion on the importance of rehabilitation and the potential for change in individuals who have committed crimes.

Common Core Labels Correlations:

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