Today you read, reflected upon, and discussed a number of famous quotes about the law. You also selected one quote to ruminate on over the weekend. If you need to see the quotes again, click HERE.
*To ruminate (verb) - to think deeply about something.
Your task --> write a one paragraph rumination about the quote you selected, using TE/EA structure to organize your thoughts. Paragraph is due in class on Monday, September 11.
T- (topic sentences) Take a stance in reaction to the quote (Do you agree? Disagree? Are you surprised? Disappointed? Inspired? Angry?). Make sure you’re also interpreting the quote - saying what you believe it means.
E/E- (evidence& explanation) Explain why you had this response to the quotation or discuss how your thinking about the quotation has developed. Use at least two specific reasons or examples to show your thinking and/or make connections (consider things you’ve read about or witnessed or experienced).
A - (analysis) What is a take-away from this quote? What is an important effect or message that this quote can have on our thinking and/or understanding? What, if anything, is still troubling or confusing?
*See an exemplar paragraph below -
you are welcome to use it as a model, but do not directly copy the language or ideas.
As long as there is no law in Burma, any individual here can be arrested at any time.
- Aung San Suu Kyi
This quote by Aung San Suu Kyi surprises me because it seems to say that there is a big difference between a country having law and having a security force. For most people, interactions with the law are with officers of the law, particularly the police. Kyi is saying that those officials actually have more power and operate more freely in the absence of law. This sounds like a paradox, but it makes me think about how easily the power to imprison people can be abused. Kyi’s quote reminds me of times in history when a king or queen could do whatever they wanted to anybody because there was no force more powerful than they were to make them behave according to certain standards. The quote also reminds me of news stories describing CIA “black sites” where, because they do not officially exist, officers do not have to follow human rights standards and laws against torture. Overall, this quote challenges the common perception of law as a power possessed by officers with the power to arrest, and instead reminds us that a country with a good, functioning system of law is actually supposed to offer us protections and rights against the overuse or misuse of power by security forces. Kyi is telling us that the word “law” is more than just a term meaning rules and the punishments for breaking them; it is a term that can refer to a broader, orderly political system that offers equal protections to all citizens of a country.
10th grade Law & Literature
Through a mix of fiction and non-fiction texts as well as discussion and writing, students will explore the social and ethical questions of making and enforcing laws.