The Outsiders-- Murder, Manslaughter, or Self-Defense?

The Outsiders-- Murder, Manslaughter, or Self-Defense?
The Outsiders-- Murder, Manslaughter, or Self-Defense?
The Outsiders-- Murder, Manslaughter, or Self-Defense?
The Outsiders-- Murder, Manslaughter, or Self-Defense?
The Outsiders-- Murder, Manslaughter, or Self-Defense?
The Outsiders-- Murder, Manslaughter, or Self-Defense?
The Outsiders-- Murder, Manslaughter, or Self-Defense?
The Outsiders-- Murder, Manslaughter, or Self-Defense?
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This is an exercise in close reading and persuasive writing using specific textual evidence. This is designed to be done after reading Ch. 4 of The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton.

This slide show/writing activity gives the legal definitions (and examples) of 1st and 2nd degree murder, voluntary and involuntary manslaughter, and self-defense. In CCSS form, students are asked to close read, annotate, and then write a well-structured paragraph. The last slide includes a writing rubric that can be copied into a word processing document.

Students love the "bonus" learning of legal definitions and prison sentencing, though it's easy to get lost in the "what if" scenarios students suggest. I think it's especially important for students to learn the consequences of involuntary manslaughter.

The slide show and beginning the writing task takes a 45 minute class period.

Criminal sentencing information given is for California, but can be easily removed from the slides. A quick internet search should reveal state sentencing guidelines for murder and manslaughter.
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14 pages
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Included with rubric
Teaching Duration
45 minutes
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