Fun Lesson Plans: Crime and Punishment
Crime and Punishment Lesson Plans
The materials are relevant to many areas of the curriculum. Teacher Support material have been provided under the following sections: Use in the Curriculum: Links to the National Curriculum. Key Stage 2 and Key Stage Suggested activities for the relevant key stages.
The activities vary in difficulty to allow for the wide difference in age and ability of pupils. They do not have to be followed completely, but are provided as starting points.
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Preparation The activity is based around a short video clip of a crime. Any crime scene will do. The video doesn't even have to be in English as you can do it with the sound off.
Crime and Punishment
Procedure You should split the class into two groups and tell one half that they are going to be the police and they are going to interview the witness to a crime. Their task is to work together with the other police and prepare questions that they will ask the witness. Tell the other half of the class that they are going to witness a crime. You'll need to have the classroom set up so that only the 'witnesses' can see the TV screen.
If you trust your students enough you could actually send 'the police' out of the class or to another classroom, to work on their questions while the witnesses watch the crime.
AQA GCSE (A) Crime and Punishment
When the crime scene video clip has been played, put the students into pairs so that each of the police officers is with a witness. The police should then interview the witness and get as much information as possible about the crime. Make sure that the police take notes as they listen.
here If you have artistic students you could also get them to work together on a picture of the criminal or a diagram of the crime-scene reconstruction.