on Death Penalty
An award winning Internet-based
curriculum on capital punishment is offering educators the opportunity
to take this timely topic from the headlines of the evening news
into their classrooms. The Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC),
in conjunction with the Michigan State Communications Technology
Laboratory, has prepared this balanced educational tool that uses
capital punishment to teach critical thinking skills, group decision-making,
persuasive-writing, and civic responsibility.
This Curriculum on the Death
Penalty is available at http://teacher.deathpenaltyinfo.msu.edu.
Using exercises such as role-playing, written reports, quick-writes,
learning journals, and simulations, the curriculum engages students’
interests and allows them to thoughtfully consider the central
issues concerning the death penalty.
“Recent events have confirmed
that the death penalty is a particularly timely issue throughout
the country,” said Richard C. Dieter, DPIC Executive Director.
“DPIC is proud to provide this curriculum for teachers to explore
current issues in their classrooms, and we are pleased that those
educators who have used the curriculum found it to be a valuable
and accessible resource.”
Praised by teachers and students
alike, the curriculum offers separate teacher and student sites,
two 10-day lessons plans, teacher overviews, and objectives meeting
national educational standards. In 2001, the Division for Public
Education of the American Bar Association used it as a resource.#
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