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Once upon a Crime Using Stories, Simulations, and Mock Trials to Explore Justice and Citizenship in Elementary School

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ISBN-10: 155059298X

ISBN-13: 9781550592986

Edition: 2005

Authors: Wanda Cassidy, Ruth Yates

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Conflict is a part of everyday life, and children are always assigning guilt and responsibility, making and enforcing rules, and questioning and testing the limits of authority. Yet while children have firm notions about what is fair or just, they often do not yet have the communication skills needed to untangle disputes or the analytical skills to understand another person's point of view. The storybook mock trials and conflict resolution activities introduced in this book provide an engaging and safe way for children to develop their understanding of fairness and justice and how these concepts relate to rules and law. Further, the experience of participating in a trial can help children understand more about social responsibility and citizenship.Storybook mock trials are make-believe trials based on well-known and well-loved stories. By holding a simulation of a real trial and putting these well-known characters on the stand, children not only learn about law and justice but also discover how to identify with a role, how to articulate a perspective, and how to give a reasoned decision. Through this experience, they enhance their ability to appreciate different points of view, weigh the reliability of evidence, and reflect upon issues of power and social responsibility.
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Book details

List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Brush Education
Publication date: 1/1/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 8.25" wide x 10.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

Wanda Cassidy, PhD, is an associate professor of education and the director of the Centre for Education, Law and Society at Simon Fraser University. Her research and publications focus on citizenship and human rights education, including legal literacy for youth, ethics of care, marginalized youth, and cyberbullying/cybercivility. In 2011 Dr. Cassidy was awarded the prestigious Isidore Starr Award by the American Bar Association for excellence in law-related education.

Ruth Yates recently retired as the coordinator of the Centre for Education, Law and Society in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University, where she taught courses and developed curriculum and resources on law-related education for schools.