Overview of Optional Lessons

Optional: When Hate Becomes a Crime

This lesson focuses on hate crimes. First, students discuss whether there should be sentence enhancements for hate crimes. Next, students read definitions and identify examples of hate crimes. Then students decide whether hypothetical situations constitute hate crimes and, if so, whether the perpetrators should have additional time added to their sentence because they were hate crimes.

Optional Lesson: Animal Cruelty

This lesson focuses on the problem of animal cruelty. First, students discuss why it’s important to protect animals. Next, students match human and animal emotions. Then, students work in small groups to read a scenario on animal cruelty and discuss how to help. Finally, students share and discuss their scenarios.