Crime and Violence in the United States

I. PRELISTENING__________________________________________________

B. Vocabulary and Key Concepts

1. violent/aggravated

2. enforcement/stringent

3. white-collar/embezzlement

4. aggressive/predisposed to

5. to blame/shortcomings

6. root/proliferation

7. deprived of/strike out

8. underclass/disproportionately

9. curbs/socializing

10. values/compassion

11. conscience/bring up

12. punishment/deterrent

13. financiers/lacking

14. takes over/leads to

15. benefits/take for granted

D. Notetaking Preparation

1. Structuring

a. Crime statistics match public’s perception of less crime

b. Three secondary support ideas:

1. 1994-2001: violent crime decreased 52%

2. possible reasons for decrease

3. statistics on white-collar crime (embezzlement, bribery, etc.) not as clear

c. Two details for each point.

1. 1994: 51 victims per 1,000/in 2001, 24 victims per 1,000

2. stricter law enforcement in cities/stringent penalties on repeat offenders

3. statistics hard to get and/It doesn’t scare people

2. Rhetorical Cues

a. 2

d. 6

b. 5

e. 3

c. 1

f. 4

II. LISTENING__________________________________________

A. First Listening

Major Subtopics

ST1 liberal theory of crime

ST2 conservative theory of crime

ST3 some solutions to the crime problem in the U. S.


A. Accuracy Check

1. 52%

2. embezzlement, bribery, political corruption, and/or dangerous cor­porate policies

3. racism, poverty, and injustice

4. No

5. the liberal theory

6. by giving them values, a conscience

7. socialization by the family and fear of punishment

8. They’ve enjoyed the benefits of society.

9. good education, health care, and employment

10. conservative

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