Period 1 – Criminal Behavior Lesson Plan (12-18-2014)

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Final Exam Day – Part II (In Class)

S.M.A.R.T. Goal:

Students will examine both the 1970s Zodiac killer and the 1990’s Zodiac killer from New York to see if in fact NYPD is correct in their belief that they captured the real Zodiac Killer. Success will be measured by analyzing the two cases, comparing and contrasting them, and using academic language to support your belief that the NYPD really did or did not capture the Zodiac Killer.


Serial Killer


Task #1 – As quickly as we can we will be combining your Final Project Psychological Evaluation papers.

Task #2 – Next we will be looking over basic questions that teachers tend to ask about the Zodiac killer. We will be taking these and stepping them up to Costa’s Level 3.

Downloadable Files:

–  Zodiac Killer – Basic Film Questions

– Costas Levels of Thinking and Questioning

Task #3- We will be looking at a video clip on the Zodiac Killer case from the 1970s and answering these level 3 questions.

Task #4- Next we will be setting up a Cornell Note Style paper take down information on the Zodiac Killer that struck New York in the 1990s.

Task #5 – Now we will have a brief discussion on the two different times the “Zodiac Killer” struck.

Task #6 – Writing assignment – Topic “Do you believe that the Zodiac killer that struck San Francisco  in the 1970s was the same one that struck New York in the 1990s? Why do you believe your stance? What three pieces of supporting evidence do you have to support your stance?”

Ticket out the Door:

Question “Think of the units that we did in class this semester. What were your top three favorite units? Why? Is there a way to improve these units?”


Have a great Winter Break & check back on Friday (12-18-2014) to see what your grades are on Synergy. I will also post them to my website’s grade page as well.


Period 2 – Mock Trial Lesson Plan (12-18-2014)

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Final – Columbia v Chris Archer (Criminal Case – Murder Charge)

S.M.A.R.T. Goal:

Students will run the mock trial of Columbia v Chris Archer without teacher assistance to 90% accuracy. Success will be measured by students using courtroom procedure, academic language, and properly questioning witnesses.


Objection; Sustained; Overruled


Task #1 – We will be quickly modifying the classroom into four sections.

1 – Gallery

2- Prosecution Table

3- Defense Table

4- Judge/Witness Stand

Task #2 – Review the rules and rubric.

Task #3 – Fist teams up and first judge up.

Task #4 – As people contribute to the court case they will be rotated out  so that fresh people can join.