section created by:
and Carla Peck
alone, divide the following list into different categories
of crimes. What criteria did you use to make up your
your lists with your peers.
Are there crimes that everyone has put into
the same category?
Are there any crimes that fit into more than one category?
try to do the same activity with the entire class.
What kinds of problems did the class encounter when
trying to agree on a classification system?
any others that you can think of)
look a little closer at some of these crimes.
In some cases, similar crimes have different punishments.
Why do you think this is so?
vs. Assault with a deadly weapon
Robbery vs. Armed robbery
'Touching for sexual purposes'
vs. sexual abuse on a child
Rape and rape with a deadly weapon/rape
Link to the Criminal
Code of Canada to determine the punishments for each of
the pairs of crimes listed above.http://laws.justice.gc.ca/en/
real-life examples of crimes that you have seen in the media
(newspapers, television, internet, radio, etc.).
Are there any examples that do not fit
into the categories you and your peers created above?
Read the articles entitled “Racial Slur”
and "Hate Graffiti in Fredericton, NB".
Using the examples listed above, identify
the similarities and differences between the two events.
If you were the judge, which one would you say deserved
the harsher punishment? Why? Do you feel the need to create
a new category now, based on your assessment of these
crimes? What name would you give this crime? How would you
In the one of the news stories you just
read, the RCMP officer employed the term "hate crime"
when referring to the vandalism of the person's house and
car. What do you know about hate crimes?
Have a look at legislation from various
countries regarding a hate crimes:
How do you feel about what you just
learned? Do you agree or disagree with the creation of “hate
crime” laws? Discuss your point of view with a classmate
who has a different opinion.