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Understanding Criminal & Social Justice plus Law Enforcement for Teens

U.S. Civics & Government - High School- Unit 2 - Law & Criminal Justice

Erica Gardner (Army, Masters in Law)
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Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(87)
Unit 2 of this semester-long course takes an interactive approach to law and criminal justice. Tweens will sit on a mock criminal jury, get sued by a celebrity, learn about the US prison system and mass incarceration, and much more!

Class experience

US Grade 9 - 12
This class is taught in English.
The purpose of this course is truly to gain a more realistic understanding of how the government is structured today, the role it has in our daily lives, and how to be a more knowledgeable, responsible citizen. In this unit, students will explore the legal system in detail. They'll be able to explain the difference between civil and criminal law, understand the court system, learn about our prison system, and learn about key Supreme Court decisions that affect our lives today. 
A veteran of the U.S. Army Military Police Corps, I hold both bachelor and masters degrees in Legal Studies and spent the last two decades working with various government agencies, attorney's, victims rights advocates, judges, and law enforcement officers. 

I'm also a homeschool mom of two and I run a small business offering live civics courses to teens and tweens in the local community.  
Homework Offered
Homework will be assigned on specific weeks, after the first day of instruction that week. Homework may consist of a worksheet, online activity, or research assignment. All homework is designed to reinforce the concepts, to solidify understanding, and to allow students the opportunity to apply these concepts to real life situations. Students will be expected to complete the assignments individually, by Day 2 of that week. We will then review the assignment as a class during Day 2. Some homework assignments may also be submitted via GoogleDrive to be reviewed by the instructor and returned with comments.
Assessments Offered
I will provide an informal assessment of your student upon completion of this course. If a student completes all four units, a formal letter grade can also be provided.
Grades Offered
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During our week long discussion about the prison system, we will briefly explore the difference between punishment and rehabilitation. Some details about the U.S. prison system may be mildly disturbing for some students. 
We will refer to the U.S. Constitution, as well as the following sources:

United States Bureau of Prisons
Prison Policy Initiative 
The Sentencing Project
Equal Justice Initiative 
Human Rights Watch
Core Civic
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Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(87)
👋 Hey, y'all! My name is Mrs. Erica and I TRULY believe that the next generations can (and will!) change the world! 

👩‍🏫I offer engaging social studies courses for teens and tweens about civics, government, law, criminal justice, politics,... 
Group Class


for 8 classes
2x per week, 4 weeks
60 min

Completed by 42 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 13-17
3-8 learners per class

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