Period 1 – Criminal Behavior Lesson Plan (4-21-2015)

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Application of 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 finish presenting their killer behavioral analysis paper. Today is the last mandatory day for presentations. After presentations students will analyze and evaluate the claims made by the prosecution and the defense on a You Decide style case concerning a homicide.

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, antecedent behavior


Task #1 – Any remaining presentations?

Task #2 – Student brain storming session – What unit should be look at next in our class?

Units we have already covered: 7 key theories, mental disorders, organized/disorganized, prisons, stalking, organized crime, killer unit

Student Ideas for next unit: Top 10 Most Wanted, Bank Robberies, Genocide, White Collar, Terrorism, History of Analysis, Minor Crimes, Juvenile Crime

Task #3 –  Now lets vote to see what, as a class, we want to focus on

Top 10 Most Wanted (9 votes) , Bank Robberies (4 votes), Genocide (11 votes), White Collar (o votes), Terrorism (8 votes), History of Analysis (3 votes), Minor Crimes (6 votes), Juvenile Crime (22 votes)

Task #4 – Now that you voted Juvenile Crime to be your next unit what specifically do you want to analyze?

Student Resources in Order of Interest:  How they got into the life, Detention Center, Crimes, Addiction, Stats,

Task #5 – I  will give everyone a piece of lined notebook paper in today’s exercise. Fold it hot dog style. We are going to look at a possible homicide case. On the left I want you to document evidence for the prosecution and on the right I want you to document evidence for the defense. In the end the evidence on both sides should be about even. Then, after we are all done breaking the case down, I will ask all of you who thinks he was guilty and who thought he was innocent and why?

Student Breakdown Results – PDF File -> Criminal Behavior – YouDecide – Arson Case – 4-21-2015

Task #6 – Quick class discussion. Guilty or not?


Guilty = 9 votes (main evidence – the machine fan wouldn’t have leaked that much gas)

Not Guilty = 17 votes (Main evidence – No animosity in case, scene contaminated, victim had paper near hot bulbs that could have started fire)


Start thinking what kind of summative assessment you want to do in this new unit on juvenile crime.