The Over Incarceration of America

Paige Laurain, Math, West Charlotte HS

Curriculum Unit (pdf)


This unit will cover the Math 1 statistics unit on one and two variable data. The purpose of this unit is to provide students with an understanding of how to represent, analyze, and interpret statistical data in order to understand real world ideas. The Over Incarceration of America unit specifically will focus on the American prison system and how it affects our society. Students will use measures of central tendency, measures of spread, box and whisker plots, histograms, and regression functions to investigate key ideas on the incarceration problem in America. Students will create a regression equation and predict the future state of our prison population based on current trends. The unit will end with an application of all of these topics to a set of data on the current salaries of ex-convicts. Students will also research how that compares to their expected career plans and create a presentation synthesizing what they have learned throughout this unit.