Everything you need to understand or teach Dead Man Walking by Helen Prejean.
Sister Helen Prejean teaches at Hope High School and works with the poor of New Orleans when Chava Colon, representing an organization known as the Prison Coalition, asks if she will become a pen pal with a prisoner. She agrees and is assigned to write to Elmo Patrick Sonnier, convicted of the murder of a teenage couple. Helen is young and excitable and sends off a picture of herself with her first letter to Patrick. She's somewhat surprised when he writes back and they correspond over the coming weeks until Helen broaches the subject of visiting. Patrick is excited at the prospect and names Helen his "spiritual advisor." She receives permission to visit him and isn't really prepared for the polite young man who does not seem like someone who would have committed the horrible crimes. Helen soon realizes that she needs to help Patrick with his legal battles as... View more of the Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States Summary
Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States Lesson Plans contain 103 pages of teaching material, including: