They Broke the Law-You Be the Judge: True Cases of Teen Crime
Grade 7-and Up
Interest Level 6-and Up
They meet Adam, who makes a threat in school; Erica, who assaults another student and uses marijuana; and more young people who commit crimes and are caught. Like a judge, readers learn each teen’s background, the relevant facts, and the sentencing options available. After deciding on a sentence, they find out what really happened—and where each offender is today.
Along the way, readers learn Judge Jacobs’ concerns about each case, reflect on probing questions, and discover that they can’t jump to conclusions. Teens (and teachers) who want more can find role-playing ideas and scenarios related to the stories available as free downloads here on the Free Spirit Web site.
Thought-provoking and eye-opening, this book is for all teens who want to know more about the juvenile justice system and the laws that pertain to them and their peers.
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Aug. 20, 2018
I teach elementary gifted kids. I have used some of the cases with my students multiple times - originally as part of an interdisciplinary unit on the legal system. While ...