Week X: Individual Liberty vs. Community Good

Missouri Alone in Resisting Prescription Drug Database

JULY 20, 2014 (nytimes.com)

Tracking prescription drugs



Week 17 Drugs, Reproduction & Other Social Issues


Watch The House I live In

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Discuss case studies that implicate a woman’s reproductive capacity.

Week 14: Death Penalty Wrap-up & Drug Issues


1. Arguments in favor of the death penalty from the book

Debating the Death Penalty: Should America Have Capital Punishment? The Experts on Both Sides Make Their Case; Hugo Adam Bedau (Editor), Paul G. Cassell (Editor)

effective representation | just punishment | logical support for deterrence | firsthand reports | racism |

2. Gallery walk for our marriage posters.

3. How reliable are eyewitnesses? (60 minutes) This is the part 2 of the story that looks at why eyewitness testimony is not reliable.

As time permits…Listen/read one of the oral arguments from one of these SCOTUS cases. What are the disagreements about specifically when it comes to processing capital punishment cases?

Use the West High access to Lexis-Nexis in our LMC  to select your group’s readings. (if this link doesn’t work, choose Lexis-Nexis  from the LMC page and navigate to your topic)

1. Drinking Age

2. Legalization of Marijuana

3. Drug Use in Sports

1. Living Room Conversations: finding common ground

2. Writing a death penalty bill for Wisconsin.


Senate hearing to try to pass legislation on the death penalty for Wisconsin.



Week 12-13: Death Penalty


1. Death Penalty Sort.
2. What questions do we want to look into? What terms are important?

Tuesday & Wednesday: LMC Days:

1. Preliminary vocabulary:

2. Imminent death penalty issues (npr.org). Contrast this with the BBC perspective on the issue.

3. Individual State data

4. What are the issues surrounding the death penalty? You will be assigned ONE of these to research in detail. Be prepared to be the resident expert on your topic. Collect data, statistics, quotes, cases, statutes, etc. associated with your issue.

5. Listen to at least one of these songs about the death penalty in its entirety. How do the lyrics address the death penalty? Write down two lines from the songs giving an indication as to the opinion the artist is trying to get across.

6. What are the pro-con arguments for the death penalty? Here is another pro site and here is another con site.

7. Other topics we asked about in class on Monday


Discuss the research found during the LMC background work.

Listen to George Ryan’s 2003 commutation speech.


Deadline documentary


Current Events roundtable


  1. Finish current events and Deadline documentary.
  2. How reliable are eyewitnesses? (60 minutes) This is the part 2 of the story that looks at why eyewitness testimony is not reliable.

Week 10-Marriage & LGBTQ Issues


1. Jigsaw what state-level initiatives have been surrounding marriage.
2. Read 2 the following articles surrounding marriage equality:

We’ll have a discussion on these articles on Friday.


Gay-Straight Alliance presentation


1. Just an FYI…today is the day the Supreme Court hears the Town of Greece v. Galloway case. Here is the Oyez “deep-dive” on the case. Here is the press briefing released on C-SPAN from this morning.

2. Supreme Court cases

3. Look through the Pew Research group’s data on attitudes towards same-sex marriage.
Which groups have changed most significantly? Which groups have changed least?

Current Events—really current!! Add these stories to your perspectives data-table.

What are the state and federal benefits given to married couples?


How does learning multiple perspectives influence your own? Line-up discussion. (1 on 1)

It Gets Better” by the Pixar employees

Family Research Institute of Wisconsin video, 2005 (on DVD)


Visual Representation of Same-sex marriage perspectives

Week 9: Same-Sex Marriage


Opening written reflection: What are the range of perspectives that exist surrounding same-sex marriage? How have you learned/heard about them? What is your thinking regarding same-sex marriage? How would your parents answer that same question?

Tuesday & Wednesday (10/29-30)

Modern History of the gay rights movement in the US: American Experience: Stonewall Uprising

Thursday 10/31 

Collecting perspectives…

1. Mike Huckabee on the Daily Show

2. Same Love music video

3. Shouting Fire

Friday 11/1

1. Where do states stand on same-sex marriage laws?

2. Do some in-depth research on two regions of the US regarding laws and ballot initiatives.