Period 1 – Criminal Behavior Lesson Plan (4-8-2015)

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Application of Serial Killer Behavioral Analysis Knowledge


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 apply their recently gained knowledge for analyzing a person’s behavior to the case of the 1994 Zodiac Serial Killer. They will be using a grid base and form to do their analysis. Success will be measured on how successful they are at stating their analysis and backing it up with evidence from the case.

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 – Students will set their paper up like the diagram that they see on the board.

Downloadable File -> Killer Case Analysis Form (Blank)

Task #2 – Now we will look over case evince in visual form from the case of the 1990’s serial killer that liked to refer to himself as “The Zodiac”.

Task #3 – You will be given about 10 minutes to finish filling out your forms and writing your paragraphs after we finish looking over the case.

Task #4 – Now lets share out and see what conclusions people came to about the type of killer he was and his behavior.

Teacher’s Notes on Results -> Killer Case Analysis Form (1990s Zodiac Case)

Task #5 – Serial Killer Project Instructions officiall handed out to all students.

Downloadable Version -> Instructions for Serial Killer Project (V3)


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. In case you have forgotten who you chose the sign up sheet is scanned and attached below.

Downloadable File ->  Instructions for Serial Killer Project (V3)

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