Through the lens of the question "How much have we perfected our laws?", students are introduced to several rephrased laws from Hammurabi's Code and challenged to judge the level of justice that they feel is represented in each law and consequence. Then, students apply their burgeoning definition of justice to recent crimes and are challenged to assess a just consequence (if any) for each infraction, in groups. The PowerPoint and lesson plan are attached, including a handout of Hammurabi's Code laws broken down into friendly language, as well as the handouts for each of the modern crimes that students are asked to examine. This specific lesson was made in conjunction with a novel study that is referenced at the end of the class, but that section can obviously be deleted or modified to harken to a separate novel that you may be studying in your course.