Is it actually possible to murder someone in your sleep? This lesson will shock your students and reveal to them the mind-boggling sleep disorders that millions of Americans face. Moreover, students will watch a linked television series special and act like an investigator, determining whether a peculiar homicide was carried out consciously or unconsciously.
Throughout the lesson students will:
1) Respond to a Bell Ringer in which students are asked to consider what they would say if they were police officers and someone confessed to killing a victim during their sleep.
2) Read an individually assigned article about either narcolepsy, sleep apnea, insomnia, or somnambulism (sleepwalking), gathering evidence about symptoms, causes, and unique facts that they will present to the class.
3) Read an introductory piece about an earlier case of a sleepwalking murderer who was acquitted of all crimes.
4) Analyze a television series special about an alleged sleep walking murder and gather evidence pertaining to whether the accused was guilty of conscious murder or not.
5) Come to a conclusion about whether the accused should be guilty or not based on presented evidence and sound reasoning just before the verdict is announced.
6) Discuss the crime and what evidence needs to be presented for someone to be acquitted of murder based on the rare sleepwalking defense.
If you are interested in this lesson you might also want to check out this one on the negative effects of sleep deprivation!