Period 1 – Criminal Behavior Lesson Plan (1-7-2015)

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Today’s Topic –

The Seven Theories on Why We Commit Crime (Day 3)

Teaching Objective –

Students will be able to identify, analyze, and then appropriately classify cases using the seven key theories on why we commit crime.


Task #1 – Quick quiz on index cards on yesterday’s material.

Task #2 – I will briefly go over again and show you some more of its features.

Task #3 (Partners) – We will wrap up being shown video clips of people committing crimes. Write down a brief description of the video clip. Then choose a theory which you feel explains why that person committed the crime. This will be followed by a one sentence reason as to why you feel that theory fits this video clip.

Student Work Evidence: (Click/tap image to enlarge) The paper below is part of Anthony’s work.

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Task #4 (Pairs) – Venn Diagrams – In pairs you will be choosing three of the theories and making a venn diagram about what is the same and what is different about them.

Task #5 (Individually) – Read through The Jeremy Scenario.  On the paper provided write down which theory you think best explains why Jeremy committed a crime along with a reason why you think the theory you choose best explains his actions.

Student Work Evidence: (Click/Tap image to enlarge) The theory in the image below was developed by Marissa.

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Task #6 (Individually) – Introduction to organized vs disorganized killers. Students will be given a diagram to have that shows the differences between an organized and disorganized killer. To download this diagram click here -> Organized vs Disorganized Killers Chart

Homework –

Study your vocabulary for a quiz tomorrow morning

Look over the website:

Don’t forget to check your grade. They were updated this afternoon. To be taken directly to the grade page click HERE

C.C.S.S. –

RH 11-12.2 – Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary that makes clear the relationships among the key details and ideas.