Period 1 – Criminal Behavior Lesson Plan (4-2-2015)

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Introduction to Serial Killer Behavioral Analysis (Day #2)


Serial Killers

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

Students will be able to behaviorally analyze a killer without teacher’s assistance with 80% accuracy in 4 of 5 trials.

Today’s Objective:

Students will be given basic knowledge of the following famous serial killers: John Wayne Gacy, Albert Fish, Andrei Chikatilo, and Jeffery Dahmer. Afer initially reviewing this information students will retain their fundamental knowledge through some basic memory exercises. This is the second day of this objective due to the fact we did not complete it yesterday.

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)


One-on-One Murder, Modus-Operandi, signature, characteristics


Task #1 – Quick quiz to see what we have retained from yesterday.

Question: “What is the difference between Power-Oriented and Mission-Oriented? when it comes to psychological profiles?”

Task #2 – Quick verbal review of yesterday’s material

Task #3 – Today we will continue the introductory questions from yesterday. We will continue seeing experts ( Harold Schechter-author, Jack Levin – criminologist, Col. Robert K. Ressler – Founder of FBI -Behavioral Science Unit, Richar Laurie – Author) discuss the backgrounds and mental states of Gacy, Fish, Chikatilo, and Dahmer. As they are discussing I want you to answer a set of questions that have previously been prepared by me for you. These questions are meant to help you remember key pieces of information becuase I will be asking deeper follow up questions when we are finished.

Downloadabale File -> Introduction to Serial Killers – Video Questions

Task #4 – After we answer the follow up questions I will be asking you to classify each of the killers we have briefly learned about using the notes you recieved yesterday from the Department of Justice.

Downloadable File -> Introduction to Serial Killer Analysis (V2)

Task #5 – Side trail – Students wanted to know more about the project they would be doing with the killer they chose from the sign up sheet. I wanted to hold off on this discussion till we had a better understanding of the mental foundations we will be examining in class. I re-explained to students that I had them choose a killer and sign up for them on Tuesday so that over the course of this week, as we learned more about how we will analyze these people and their cases, they could make sure they chose someone that they are will to devote time researching. While I was on this side trial I also reminded students that we are only analyzing these people’s mentality. In the project they will be doing we do not need to see graphic images or video to understand your point. You will remain school appropriate and academically mined. We are challenging ourselves to think, not gross each other out.

Downloadable File -> Period 1 – Criminal Behavior – Killer sign up sheet (Apr 2, 2015)

Task #6 – Now that we have heard discussion and gained some background on a few serial killers we need to practice analyzing their behavior. We will be making a grib on a piece of copy paper, like the one in the downloadable file below, to practice breaking down their behavioral patterns.

Downloadable File -> Word Version – Serial Killer Practice Analysis Grid

Downloadable File -> PDF Version – Serial Killer Practice Analysis Grid


Serial Killer/ Mass Murderer Project – Several students asked for the instructions for the unit project so that they could begin. I have attached them to the lesson plan today for those of you who want to start early. This project is due 4-17-2015

Downloadable File -> Instructions for Serial Killer Project (V2)

One thought on “Period 1 – Criminal Behavior Lesson Plan (4-2-2015)

  1. I teach continuation high school, and my students always love my unit on the psychology of a serial killer. Thank you for providing more material to include in my lesson. This is wonderful!
    Ms. Schuck

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