Lesson focus

  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  •  Freedom
  • Integrity
  • Care and compassion

Expectations and goals

  • Students to understand the importance of fair and accurate laws for citizens, in particular children
  • Students construct a considered argument for and against prosecution
  • Students investigate community views on social values

learning experiences

Classroom Ideas

  1. Teacher to access an article/s on children being charged in accordance with the letter of the law (eg a child has stolen something of minimal value and been charged for the theft).
  2. Organise students into pairs. Provide them with access to Social justice: Think-pair-share (Resource 19 below) and ask them to complete with their opinions on the charges placed against this child. Hold a class discussion on the responses.
  3. Explore with the students the need for carefully constructed laws to protect the rights of citizens. Pose the question, “Why is this important?”
  4. Show the students the YouTube video about a child being put on trial as an adult in the USA at www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mGYHRAKs4Q
  5. Allocate all students in the class with either a number 1 or 2. Ask the 1’s to write a supportive argument for this case and ask the 2’s to write an argument against this child being put on trial as an adult. Share the responses and provide an opportunity to reply.
  6. Provide students with access to the Debate rubric (Resource 20 below) and ask them to complete.
  7. Hold a class discussion by posing the question,“How do the social values and concerns that people have affect their thoughts and actions?”
  8. Provide students with Social justice KWL chart (Resource 21 below) and ask them to complete.
  9. Organise the class into small groups and ask them to discuss, “What social values and concerns are important in your community?”
  10. Ask students to research and collect information from their community about an important issue. The research can be in the form of an interview, survey, blog or movie.
  11.  Invite students to present their findings.

Lesson focus questions

  1. What is social justice?
  2. What social values and concerns are important in your community?
  3. Research and collect information from your community about an important issue.

Assessment tasks

Students to:

  1. Complete the Debate rubric (Resource 20)
  2. Present the findings from their community inquiry including process, and analysis

Download resources and tools

Printable lesson plan [Download Year 7, Lesson 9 plan]

Resource 19: Social justice: Think-pair-share [Download Resource 19]

Resource 20: Debate rubric [Download Resource 20]

Resource 21: Social justice KWL chart [Download Resource 21]

YouTube video about a child being put on trial as an adult