Period 1 – Criminal Behavior Lesson Plan (1-26-2015)

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Psychiatric Disorders combined with Homicidal Tendencies


Psychiatric Disoders

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

90% of students will be able to logically label fictional characters with a psychiatric disorder in 3 0f 4 trials.

Today’s Objective:

Students will diagnose a new patient named “Norman” utilizing your “Disorganized vs Organized killer chart”, “7 key theories cheat sheet”, and your notes on mental disorders.

Behavioral Norms (Student Developed):

  1. “Respect others opinions”- Selena (20 votes)
  2. “Staying on task” – Israel /Ally/Kenny ( 21 votes)
  3. “Only one person is allowed to talk at a time” – Charles (22 votes)
  4. “If you feel like you are going to lose control or getting irritated you need to let Mr. Tyler know and stand outside his door” – Tyler (23 votes)


psychiatric disorder; organized killer; disorganized killer


Task #1 – We are going to set up a diagnosis chart ( cornell note style)

Task #2 – We will be gathering behavioral evidence on our patient known as “Norman”. We will be doing this by examining some video clips from the 1960 film Psycho. We will not be watching the whole film, just the scenes where Norman is talking with other people.

Task #3 – Brief class discussion on what evidence we gathered.

Task #4 – Now the evidence you have gathered will be turned into a  five paragraph essay that will be due this Thursday (1-29-2015) at the beginning of class. You can either write this essay by hand or type it. In your essay you need to state which of the 7 key theories best explains his behavior, if he is an organized or disorganized killer, and what psychiatric disorder you believe he is primarily suffering from. Below are some downloadable documents in case you have misplaced your notes.

Downloadable File -> Psychiatric Disorders Associated With Criminal Behavior (Version 3)

Downloadable File -> Organized vs Disorganized Killers Chart

Downloadable File -> Why Commit Crime – 7 Key Theories


Look over your notes tonight and come to a conclusion as to which theory, organization type, and psychiatric disorder Norman has. We will be talking about this case more tomorrow.