Case #3

You are trying to determine whether or not Johnny’s abusive home life played a part in the murder.


1. First, define the following words on your worksheet:

  • abuse

  • neglect

  • poverty

  • environment


2. Then, visit the following websites and take notes on what you learn. Use the websites below to learn about the four types of abuse and the long-term consequences of child abuse and neglect. Think about how this information relates to Johnny.


3. Finally, use evidence from your research and from the novel to prove:

  • Prosecution: Johnny’s abusive home life did not play a significant role in the murder

  • Defense: Johnny’s abusive home life did play a significant role in the murder

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