The Need for Laws
Class Length: 1 Class Meeting
Students will be able to:
Determine what role authority plays in
Critically analyze past events and ideas and
apply them to their lives today.
Develop inquisitive, critical, and appropriate
Jars of Jelly and Peanut Butter (enough for all
Boxes of Wheat Thins or small crackers (enough
Teacher will pose a
question to the class:
laws do you follow a day?
discuss is generated and concluded, the teacher will have students describe how
they would make a Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich on a piece of paper, with
step by step instructions.
After students have
finished their final drafts of their PB&J instructions, the teacher will
set up a table with crackers, jars of PB&J, and plastic knives. The teacher will explain that there are many
laws or rules often forgotten, and challenge the students to follow their own
instructions and create their PB&J sandwiches. Students will take turns at the table with
the supplies, have their instructions read to them, and attempt to make their
Students will notice
how many rules or laws of creating a PP&J sandwich they take for granted,
miss, or fail to define (e.g. Using your dominant hand, surround the lid of the
jelly jar with the inside of your thumb and index, middle, and ring fingers,
creating a cusp or “C” (or backwards “C” depending on which hand you are using)
around the lid. Your other hand should grasp the base of the jar. Slowly turn the lip counter-clockwise until
lid loosens and is removed from the jar.
Place lid on the table and release the jar. Grasp plastic knife with
dominant-hand, holding the base of the knife in you’re the palm and the
serrated side exposed, preparing the knife for dipping and scooping
Students will become
frustrated, amused, and interested in how many steps, rules, laws it takes to
follow to do something as simple as make a sandwich.
After all students have tested their own writing and instructions,
students will make complete sandwiches to bring to their desk, clean up any
messes, and discuss the following activity in a general discussion as they
finish their snacks. Students should
consider William Golding’s, Henry David Thoreau, Mark Twain’s, and William
Broyles’ (writer of the film Cast Away (2000)) ideas of natural laws and
lawless societies (Teacher should refer to previous lesson, The Need For Government—A
Cinematic and Literary Perspective).