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Avoiding Crime

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Age Range: KS3

Encourage your KS3 students to examine the causes and consequences of crime, juvenile crime, and crime in school. Develop strategies to prevent the involvement of students as perpetrators or victims of crime. Worksheets encourage students to investigate causes and consequences, and lesson plans include intelligent differentiation suggestions. Resources are suitable for Key Stage 3 students of all abilities.

Topics include: Trends in crime and effects on young people; Common crimes young offenders commit such as shoplifting, joyriding and vandalism; Prisons and other custodial institutions; Crime prevention; Personal security; Police; Avoiding crime.

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Size: 64 Pages
ISBN: 978 1 86025 278 5
Author(s): Julia Brown
Code: AVCR
Popularity rank: 91
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Contents List


  • 7. IS IT LEGAL? This worksheet encourages students to distinguish between highly illegal crimes and less serious misdemeanours. They categorise a number of crimes and rank them according to their severity.
  • 9. THE LAW This lesson plan introduces students to the reasons for having laws. They describe a world with no laws and use their descriptions as a basis for identifying the law's protective function.
  • 11. CHANGING LAWS This worksheet focuses on how laws change over time. Students identify and discuss some changes that have taken place.
  • 13. JUVENILE CRIME Main trends in juvenile crime are explored through an activity which focuses on the main areas of juvenile criminal activity.
  • 15. TYPES OF SENTENCE Students are introduced to the four main categories of punishment for juvenile crime. They match crimes to particular types of sentence.
  • 17. JOYRIDING This lesson plan focuses on the implications of joyriding. Students consider a case history and discuss suitable punishment and the effect of the crime on the victim.
  • 19. SHOPLIFTING Students focus on the range of emotions experienced by a teenage shoplifter and write a commentary to deter others from the crime.
  • 21. VANDALISM This worksheet focuses on how deliberate damage to property can affect individuals and society. Students create a conversation highlighting the feelings of those involved in a particular case.
  • 23. MUGGING This scriptwriting worksheet raises awareness of the effects of a mugging on its victim.
  • 25. UNDERAGE DRINKING Students complete a storyboard focusing on the dangers of underage drinking.
  • 27. HOUSEBREAKING This lesson plan looks at the effects of housebreaking. Students write a letter expressing their response to a housebreaking incident.
  • 29. TOO YOUNG The focus of this worksheet is unlawful sexual intercourse. Students prepare monologues to show the points of view of a fifteen-year-old girl, her boyfriend and a parent.
  • 31. ASSAULT This worksheet focuses on assault. Students make decisions about how to deal with a given situation.
  • 33. DRUG ABUSE This lesson plan raises awareness of some of the issues connected with illegal drug use. Students consider possible consequences and design a leaflet to deter young people from using drugs.
  • 35. JOIN THE GANG This worksheet looks at the illegal activities of girl gangs. It offers a problem page exercise focusing on ways of combating peer pressure.
  • 37. CODE OF SAFETY Students produce a Code of Safety booklet for young females.
  • 39. KEEPING SAFE Students practise the ideas outlined in the Code of Safety by roleplaying particular situations and summarising the main points.
  • 41. SAYING NO This lesson plan offers a roleplay activity to practise the use of assertive strategies in resisting peer pressure and crime avoidance.
  • 43. I CAN SEE YOU Students consider the use of security cameras and identify their advantages and disadvantages.
  • 45. PRISON BLUES A letter-writing activity focusing on the emotional impact of a prison sentence.
  • 47. PRISON FACTS Students complete a questionnaire to learn some facts about prison life and dramatise some of their findings.
  • 49. PRISON LIFE Students complete a questionnaire on prison life and compare their assumptions with the reality.
  • 51. CRUCIAL CHOICES Students consider real case studies of two prisoners and identify stages at which different choices could have been made.
  • 53. A DAY IN THE LIFE This lesson plan presents information about the routine of prison life, to be used as the basis of a diary entry.
  • 55. WILL IT WORK? This worksheet looks at some experimental punishments intended to prevent re-offending. Students give arguments for and against boot camps, tagging and curfews.
  • 57. GENDER SPLIT This lesson plan raises awareness of the kinds of offences for which men are imprisoned and those for which women are imprisoned. Students consider reasons for the difference.
  • 59. CULTURE GAP Students respond to deterrents that are or have been used in different cultures. They write reports to accompany given headlines.
  • 61. IN COURT This worksheet introduces students to some of the words and procedures associated with courts and the legal system. They present a court scene based on a particular case.
  • 62. APPENDIX 1 Kelly's Story and Kev's Story. For use with the Crucial Choices unit.
  • 64. APPENDIX 2 A Prisoner's True Story. For use with the Prison Blues unit.



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