Period 1 – Criminal Behavior Lesson Plan (3-17-2015)

Criminal Behavior HeaderTopic:

La Cosa Nostra


Organized Crime

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

Students will be able to identify and distinguish the differences between the origins, businesses, terminology, and mentalities of the following organized crime organizations: Russian Mafia, Yakuza, Mexican Cartel, and La Cosa Nostra in 3 of 4 formative assessment trials with 80% accuracy.

Today’s Objective:

Students will analyzing the American Mafia known as La Cosa Nostra. Students will be specifically looking at structure, history, and their income sources.

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)


Wack, Front, Turf, Hit, Extort, Shake down, Racketeer, boss, underboss, made man


Task #1 – Mob Boss Sign Up Sheet will be handed around. If you have internet access you will be participating in this activity. As the sign up sheet goes around choose one of the top mob bosses from 1986 to do a file on. I chose the bosses from 1986 because there is a lot of readily available information on these men as opposed to if we chose bosses from today.

Downoadable Sign Up Sheet -> Mafia Bosses Sign Up Sheet

Downloadable Fill Out Sign Up Sheet -> Mafia Boss Sign Up Sheet Filled out (3-17-2015) – Mar 17, 2015, 9-19 AM

Task #2 – Now we will be creating a file format to fill out. I have started it and you will help me finish adding fields that we need to successfully analyze a mob boss.

Downloadable File -> Criminal Behavior Mob Boss – Write Up

Task #3 – If you do not have internet you will be doing an alternative assignment. The format is downloadable below. In the next task we will be watching part of a documentary on the mob and taking cornell style notes. You will be using your notes from today’s video to do the alternative assignment. Both this assignment and the internet version do the same task of getting you familiar with the American Mafia.

Downloadable File -> Mob Assignment Version #2 (No Internet Access)

Task #4 – We will be watching part of a documentary on the American Mafia and taking cornell style notes on the material in order to familiar with the background and workings of Cosa Nostra.


The assignments, both version #1 (internet access) and version #2 (no internet access) are due this Friday (3-20-2015).

Version #1 – Format ->Criminal Behavior Mob Boss – Write Up

Version #1 – Sign Up Sheet -> Mafia Boss Sign Up Sheet Filled out (3-17-2015) – Mar 17, 2015, 9-19 AM

Version #2 – Format ->  Mob Assignment Version #2 (No Internet Access)