Pardon Me, Please: Examining Executive Pardons of Capital Cases


  • Sep 1 2010 11:52 AM

    Bob Benoit


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    Focus on Capital Punishment and Presidential Pardons.

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In this lesson, from the New York Times Learning Network, students learn about a decision to commute all death sentences in one state by reading and discussing, "Governor Assails System's Errors as He Empties Illinois Death Row." Students research capital punishment policies supported by leaders who have issued pardons, and then reflect on how executive pardons might affect the balance of power between the branches of government.

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    Topics and Grades

    Grade: 6 to 12

    Topics: English-Language Arts, Reading Comprehension, History-Social Science, American Democracy


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    Tool for: Parents, Administrators, Teachers


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    Grouping: Large Group Instruction

    Teaching Method: Discussions; Cooperative Learning