Connecting to SAS

In order to reach Higher Student Achievement we must have....

Clear Standards:

State Standards:
5.1.12.A Analyze the sources, purposes, and functions of law, and how the rule of law protects individual rights and promotes the common good.
5.1.12.E Analyze and assess the rights of people as written in the PA Constitution and U.S. Constitution.
5.3.12.F Analyze landmark U.S. Supreme Court interpretations of the Constitution and its Amendments.
5.3.12.H Evaluate the role of mass media in setting public agenda and influencing political life.

Reading, Writing and Math Anchors:
R11.A.2.3.1 Make inferences and/or draw conclusions based on information from text.
R11A.2.3.2 Cite evidence from text to support generalizations.
W1.5.11B Write using well-developed content appropriate for the topic.
M11.E.4.2 Develop and evaluate inferences and predictions or draw conclusions based on data or data displays.

District Standards:
CYSOLA.8.2.01 Evaluate the relationship between the 4th, 5th and 6th Amendments and the rights of the accused.
CYSOLA.8.3.01 Explain the importance of the Constitution in American law.
CYSOLA.8.3.02 Evaluate the evolving interpretations of Constitutional law by the U.S. Supreme Court and describe how judicial review protects the Constitution and individual rights.
CYSOLA.8.4.01 Evaluate the legal and ethical questions of selected issues.
CYSOLA.8.4.02 Analyze the concept of due process as guaranteed by the 5th and 14th Amendments.
CYSOLA.8.5.01 Analyze the significance of precedents established by the U.S. Supreme Court.
CYSOLA.5.1.11 Evaluate selected current events and relate them to constitutional and legal issues.

NETS-T Standards
  • Facilitate
  • Digital-Age Learning (Design and Model)
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Professional Growth/Leadership

NETS-S Standards
  • Creativity
  • Communication/Collaboration
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Technology Operations

Curriculum Framework:

Big Ideas:

  • How does the justice system fail to work in some cases, while succeeding in the majority of cases?
  • What is the responsibility of the justice system to make amends for the mistakes it has made?


  • 4th, 5th, 6th, and 8th Amendments
  • Forensic Investigations
  • Court Procedures
  • Appellate Court System

Competencies: (key skills)
21st Century Skills....
  • collaboration
  • problem solving
  • inquiry and innovation
  • critical thinking
  • creativity and innovation
  • primary and secondary source evaluation
  • time management
  • self-direction

Essential Question:
  • How does each part of the legal system reflect the individual rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution?

Driving Question:
  • "How can we create awareness about innocent individuals who have been wrongfully convicted?"

Materials and Resources:


  • Project-Based Learning Unit that fully integrates Web 2.0 technology
  • Please see The Buck Institute for Education for further assistance and/or training opportunities.
  • Need to Know Demo on Eyewitnesses & Students watched video clips from individuals who have been exonerated.
  • Skype session
  • Ray Krone contact

Fair Assessments:

  • Read 180 Program
  • Individual Meetings
  • Academic Prep help period
  • Online, evening support