Period 1 – Criminal Behavior Lesson Plan (1-9-2015)

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Today’s Topic –

Criminal Profiling (Day 1)

Teaching Objective –

Students will begin to be able to predict what happened at a crime scene based on the evidence present. They will accomplish this by viewing an introduction to criminal profiling, reviewing their organized vs disorganized killer chart, and planning a physical mock crime scene for the classroom.

Teaching Agenda –

Task #1  (Individually) – Brief verbal review of what was discussed yesterday.

Task #2 (Individually) – Introduction to criminal profiling. Notes can be downloaded by clicking here ->Notes on Criminal Profiling

Task #3 (pairs) – You may work in pairs, but each student must turn in their own work. We will be looking back at a mock crime scene sketch (#3 from Crime Scene Profiling Activity). Then in pairs I want you to look at the crime scene objectively yourself and answer the following questions:

  1. – What location is the crime scene at?
  2. – What method was used to commit the homicide?
  3. – Were there any witnesses?
  4. – How many victims?
  5. – What direction are the body/bodies facing?
  6. – What evidence would you collect at the scene?
  7. – Did the event appear to be planned?
  8. – Based on the evidence only, what actions do you think the suspect took?
  9. – Provide a profile of the person law enforcement should be looking for.

Task #4 (Individual) –  Download this file on your phones if you can – > Profile #1 If you cannot I will put this information on the screen for you to reference.

Task #5 (Whole Class) – Look over the clues that I have given you in Profile #1. After you have looked these over, as a class, you can ask me for as much additional information as you would like.

Task #6 (Pairs) – I have provided an outline for profiling the killer. Take about 15 minutes to develop a profile for this killer so we can, as criminal profilers, tell law enforcement the type of person they should be looking for.

Task #7 (Whole Class) – As a class I am going to have some students share the profiles they made out loud.

Task #8 ( Individually) – We are now going to look at a film for 15 minutes about the convicted killer behind these murders to see how accurate our profiles were.

Task #9 – (Whole Class) – Before we leave for the day lets do a 2-5 minute class discussion and see on average how accurate our profiles were.

Homework –

Study the differences between an organized vs disorganized killer. Use the cheat sheet that I gave  you last week. If you want the digital version click here -> Organized vs Disorganized Killers Chart

Student Resources –

Website  – For more information on Organized vs Disorganized Killers check out this link –>  Profiling Serial Killers

Papers you should still have -> 7 Key Theory Notes, Organized vs Disorganized chart, and Profiling notes.

C.C.S.S. –

RH 11-12.3 – Evaluate various explanations for actions or events and determine which explanation best accords with textual evidence, acknowledging where the text leaves matters uncertain.