Period 1 – Criminal Behavior Lesson Plan (12-11-2014)

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Final Project

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

Students will finish demonstrating successfully setting up their cold case psychologist reports to 90% accuracy. This will be measured by reviewing student developed reports based on the zodiac killer cold case we looked at yesterday in class.


Serial Killer ; Psychology


Task #1 – Get out the example Psychological Report we began writing as a class yesterday on the Zodiac Killer.

Task #2 – Today you will be finishing the rest of this report in class. The sections we have not completed yet are listed below:

Behavioral Observations:

Was the killer organized or disorganized? What evidence do you have to support your belief? Use your organized/disorganized killer chart.

What signs of stalking do you think the killer had? In other words, how do you think the killer acted like a stalker? Use geographic profiling to chart out where the killer struck. Mark these on a map and put circles around these areas. Just like your worksheet. These are used to hopefully see where the killer is targeting.

Cognitive Functioning:

What psychiatric (mental) disorders do you think the killer suffered from? What evidence do you have to support your belief?


Briefly summarize the report as a whole.  Some audiences (judges, busy psychiatrists) read only the summary, so you must be succinct, clear, and direct. 

Recommendations:  Who specifically should law enforcement be looking for? Be descriptive as possible. What ethnicity? What type of job? What type of personality?


Make sure you are beginning to write up your Psychological report. Don’t wait till the last minute. If you run into trouble e-mail me at

Student Resources:

Organized vs Disorganized Killers Chart

Psychiatric Disorders Associated With Criminal Behavior V2