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Fakes can link with many ethical concepts that are important to citizenship such as truth and falsehood, crime and punishment, money and value, propaganda, and social responsibilities.

KS 3-4

Pupil groups might pick an example of a fake being used for gain and try to determine the sentence they think the forger deserves. The punishment might be one used by modern courts or one the group considers appropriate. Groups might consider the criminals' motives, consequences (individual and social), mitigating factors, and the role of punishment (to protect society and punish and reform the criminal). Each group should present the sentence they decide upon and justify it to the class. Other groups could then vote on whether they think the sentence was fair. Finally, pupils might reflect (in homework?) on what the exercise revealed about forgery, crime, punishment and their effects on society (1a, 2a, 2b, 2c).

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