Crime and Punishment

Crime and Punishment - Task-based Learning Lesson

The following is a list of crimes. Some are serious and others are not so serious. In each case, the defendant is guilty beyond all doubt. Rank these eight crimes in order of seriousness – “1” being the most serious and “8” being the least serious. Give reasons for your answers.

Crimes List:

 

1. A wealthy woman steals a bottle of expensive perfume from a department store.

Ranking: __________     Reason:

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2. A woman kills her husband after finding out he has a secret girlfriend.

Ranking: __________     Reason:

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3. A terrorist detonates a bomb and kills 13 people.

Ranking: __________     Reason:

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4. A senior public official embezzles 5 million dollars.

Ranking: __________     Reason:

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5. A teenage hacker creates a virus that causes millions of dollars in lost revenue for several large companies.

Ranking: __________     Reason:

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6. A drunk speeding bus driver crashes his bus into a crowded bus stop, killing 27 people.

Ranking: __________     Reason:

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7. A man parks his car in a no-parking zone. A fire breaks out in a nearby pre-school and the fire engines can’t get through to the building because the car is blocking their path. All 60 children and their 3 teachers die in the blaze.

Ranking: __________     Reason:

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8. A group of high school boys beat up an old couple in their home and steal their life savings ($4000).

Ranking: __________     Reason:

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Discussion Questions

  1. What would you do if you heard a burglar in your house?
  2. Do you agree with capital punishment?
  3. What do you think makes some people become criminals?
  4. Should punishment for violent crimes be the same for juveniles and adults?
  5. Do you think criminals are generally given harsh enough punishments?
  6. What would you do if someone you knew was wanted by the police?