Period 1 – Criminal Behavior Lesson Plan (2-24-2015)

Criminal Behavior HeaderTopic:

Types of Stalking

Unit:

Stalking

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

Students will be able to identify stages and types of stalkers in 3 of 4 trials with 85% accuracy.

Today’s Objective:

Students will analyzing primary source documents from a Department of Justice group. Specifically students will be looking at the Constitutional issues facing states trying to write stalking law as well as the terminology states use when writing stalking law and the sentencing structure judges in various states use. The full report can be downloaded here -> Stalking Report – FULL (Writing Stalking Law)

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)

Vocabulary:

Stalking

Agenda:

Task #1 – Reading through pages 9 -13 as a group. Highlighting wording and clarifying issues.

Constitutional Issues I will explain:

1st amendment – Freedom of Expression

5th amendment – Due Process

14th amendment – Due Process Clause

Downloadable File -> Stalking Law – Supplementary Material

Task #2 – Looking over wording

Students will be given a list of common terminology states use when writing stalking law. This is the chart with the “X”s on it.

Questions for students –

  1. What percentage of states use the wording “presence”?
  2. What percentage of states use the wording “approaching”?
  3. What percentage of state use the wording “Pursuing/following”?
  4. What percentage of state use the wording “Surveillance”?
  5. What percentage of state use the phrase “Lying in wait”?
  6. What percentage of state use the wording “Intimidating”?
  7. What percentage of state use the phrase “Non-consensual contact”?
  8. What percentage of state use the wording “Harassing”?
  9. What percentage of state use the wording “Trespassing”?
  10. What percentage of state use the phrase “ Possess/show weapon”?
  11. What percentage of state use the wording “Disregard warning”?
  12. What percentage of state use the wording “ Confine/Restrain”?
  13. What percentage of state use the wording “Vandalize”?
  14. What percentage of state use the phrase “Bodily harm”?
  15. What are the top three most used terms? Why do you think this is?
  16. What are the top three least used terms? Why do you think this is?
  17. What are the dangers in being too specific in your legal wording?
  18. What are the dangers in being too vague in your legal wording?
  19. What are some other observations you made?
  20. What four states are missing specifics? Based on what you know of these states why do you think they do not have specific stalking law?

Task #3 – Looking over punishments (the last packet with the sentencing guidelines per state). Questions for students.

  1. Which states have the most room in their sentencing?
  2. What are the top 3 states that focus on financially punishing the guilty party? Why do you think this is?
  3. What are the top 3 states that focus on punishing the guilty party with serving prison time? Why do you think this is?
  4. Look back at the terminology pages. What were the top three states that were the most specific in their wording? Are their sentencing guidelines strict or lenient? Why do you think this?
  5. Look back at the terminology pages. What were the top three most lenient states with regards to wording? Are their sentencing guidelines strict or lenient? Why do you think this?
  6. Why do you think Alabama has so much free room with sentencing a guilty party?
  7. Why do you think Arizona has such a minimal penalty?
  8. Why do you think Utah has such a minimal penalty?
  9. Why do you think that Vermont has such a stiff penalty?
  10. Why do Maryland and Massachusetts have stiff penalties of up to 5 years?

 Homework:

If you did not finish your questions for Task #3 in class today then you will be finishing them tonight for homework. Make sure they are done so we can move quickly tomorrow morning.

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