Period 1 – Criminal Behavior Lesson Plan (12-16-2014)

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Lying + Body Language

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

Students will combine their knowledge of what to look for when people lie with their recently acquired knowledge of human body language to result in a strategy on how to determine if a person is lying when being questioned in either a interrogation room or a witness box. Students will do this by developing their strategy and then applying it to two recent court cases to see if their strategy works. Success will be measured in a written assignment of them assessing their own strategy.


Strategy; lying; body language


Task #1 – Introductory question on index cards ” What have you recently learned to look for when reading someone’s body language. Did you happen to notice someone yesterday exhibiting this body language?”

Task #2 –  We will be developing a Cornell Note paper.

Task #3 – We will develop a level 3 essential question using Costas Levels of Thinking and Questioning

Task #4 – Now as a class we will recap what we know about lying and about body language and organize it into a Cornell Note style paper.

Results: Criminal Behavior Class Notes – 12-16-2014

Task #5 – After we summarize this paper each person will develop a strategy for determining if someone is lying or not in an interrogation room or a witness stand.

Task #6 – Now that each person has their own strategy developed and ready lets share out what some of us have come up with.

Results: Strategy for Detecting Lying (Student Developed)

Task #7 – Now we are going to look at two video clips. One is of a woman on the witness stand and the other is of a person accused of not following proper legal procedure. Use your strategy to determine is none, one, or both of them are lying. You will be writing your responses under your strategy.

Task #8 – Now we are going to briefly share out what we have discovered about these two people and vote on which ones we think are lying.

Ticket out the Door:

Question ” How useful do you think this recent knowledge on how to detect lying and reading body language is to you? Why do you feel this way?”


Make sure you are still working on your cold case psychological Evaluation paper. If you are having any trouble please talk to me or e-mail me. Remember it is due on Thursday.

Student Resources:

These are some resources for you for your final project if you need them:

Organized vs Disorganized Killers Chart

Psychiatric Disorders Associated With Criminal Behavior V2

Psychological Evaluation Paper – Template for Students

Psych Report – Zodiac Case Example (Finished Version)

Cold Case – Psychological Evaluation Student Developed Rubric