Legal Life Skills in the Classroom: Introduction to Criminal Law: Should It Be a Crime?

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For a limited time, you can download a free sample lesson from Street Law's Legal Life Skills Lesson Library! We will release four free Legal Life Skill lessons over the course of the 2021-2022 school year as part of our Legal Life Skills in the Classroom initiative.

“Introduction to Criminal Law: Should It Be a Crime?” uses the interactive “Take a Stand” continuum strategy and helps students critically think about the creation and impact of laws and the role that power plays in the process. 

This lesson is only available until January 31, 2022, and after January, the next free lesson in the lineup will be made available.

  • Sept. 1 - November 30, 2021: What Does a Good Citizen Know, Believe, and Do? NO LONGER AVAILABLE
  • Dec. 1 - Jan. 31, 2022: Introduction to Criminal Law: Should It Be a Crime?
  • Feb. 1 - April 15, 2022: Interviewing for a Job: Know Your Strengths and Your Right
  • April 15 - June 30 2022: Negotiating and Signing a Residential Lease

After each lesson is removed, the only way to access it will be by purchasing our full Legal Life Skills lesson curriculum.

About Legal Life Skills in the Classroom

Our traditional Legal Life Skills lessons are not designed with classrooms in mind. However, with the support of the Herb Block Foundation, we recently embarked upon a pilot program to introduce our Legal Life Skills lessons to classroom teachers.

A group of pilot teachers from across the U.S. received access to all 20 LLS lessons, participated in a brief collaborative planning workshop, and participated in a Q&A with a former Legal Life Skills program participant who offered teachers insight and advice about integrating the lessons into instruction.

Teachers taught at least four lessons in their classrooms and then provided Street Law with feedback on the lessons and the ways that they modified the lessons to suit their class’s needs.

In addition to the free LLS lessons, you can also find advice, best tips, and guidance from the pilot teachers on how to use these resources in your own classroom.

Additional details:

  • Format: Downloadable PDF (You must create an account and "check out" to download free resources. You will not be required to provide payment information.)
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