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.