- Students will complete a survey, view media clips, learn statistics in order to support a discussion on identity and the criminal justice system.
Prior to Instruction:
- Make copies of the survey OR project it on to screen
- Make copies of the statistic sheet for students
- View media clips prior to instruction to contextualize it for your own purposes
Introduction (have students journal about this)
- Have you ever been punished for something you didn’t do? How did it feel to not be believed?
- Have you ever blamed someone for something that you later realized was a mistake? How did you move forward? Did you address your friend and apologize? Did he/she forgive you?
- What do you know about the criminal justice system in America?
- What is ‘just’; what is ‘justice?’ What does it look like?
- What historical events or practices shaped America’s criminal justice system?
- Review history of Jim Crow policies/practices
- What was life like in the 50’s/60’s/70’s/80’s in the southern United States?
- Show clip if students have difficulty creating context
- As students to jot down what they see and don’t see in the video to discuss 1980s
- Is the legal system respected? Is it gaining/losing/maintaining its respect?
- Defend your response using examples
- What was most interesting in this video about policing in America?
- What similarities did you hear in the stories that still take place today?
- Hand out student copies of statistic sheet to fill in.
- Instruct students to follow along and fill in the chart.
- How does identity play a part in how one views the criminal justice system?
- What kind of person is Bryan Stevenson? How is this opening chapter set up?
- How does history shape Walter McMillian’s identity?