The 1992 Los Angeles riots were a series of riots that occured over a series of six days in Los Angeles metropolitan area in California in April 1992. The rioting started on April 29, 1992, after a jury trial resulted in the acquittal of four Los Angeles Police Department officers accused in the videotaped beating of motorist Rodney King following a high-speed police pursuit.
This fantastic higher level thinking lesson plan has students taking the role of a jury member in the Nuremberg Trials of accused Nazi war criminals after World War II. Includes 6 readings on Nazis tried at Nuremberg with a photo and an argument from the prosecution of the accused's crimes and defense. After reading, students charge him with one of the 4 crimes that were the actual charges at Nuremberg and then decide on an appropriate sentence.
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Are you looking for something new and inventive to do with your group? Here are complete instructions for leading a unit on mock trials using fairy tales! Students get to play prosecutors, defense attorneys, witnesses, the accused, and jury members. This lesson plan will appeal to students of all ages and can easily be adapted to different ability levels.
The Scottsboro Boys were nine Black teenage boys (the youngest was 13 and the oldest was 19) accused of rape in Alabama in 1931. The landmark set of legal cases from this incident dealt with racism and the right to a fair trial. The case included a frameup, an all-White jury, rushed trials, an attempted lynching, an angry mob, and is an example of an overall miscarriage of justice.