Case #4

You are trying to determine whether or not  Johnny’s involvement with the gang played a part in the murder.


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

  • gang

  • felony

  • graffiti

  • initiation

  • consequences

  • violence


2. Then, visit the following websites and take notes on what you learn. Use the websites below to learn about the history of gangs in the United States, the reasons why people join gangs, characteristics of gangs, as well as some different gangs present in the United States. Consider how are the gangs found today similar to The Greasers and how they are different.


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

  • Prosecution: Johnny’s involvement in the gang did not play a significant role in the murder

  • Defense: Johnny’s involvement in the gang did play a significant role in the murder

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