To examine the issue of capital punishment from a historical and contemporary perspective.
1 class period
This activity begins as class members read several paragraphs with background information about capital punishment. As they do so, students must rearrange scrambled letters to form missing key words, names, and terms in the reading. Answers can be written in the space provided. NOTE: You may want to give each student the option of working individually or with one other student.
Next, you can read with the students a section entitled "The Debate Over Capital Punishment." This is followed by a Thought Question for students to answer, which helps develop critical thinking skills. Have a few volunteers read their paragraphs to the class.
Teacher Instructions are included, along with a 20-question follow up quiz to measure student progress. The quiz can also be given as a homework assignment or used later on as a review exercise.