Periods 2,3 – Criminal Behavior Lesson Plan (8-31-2015)

Criminal Behavior HeaderTopic:

Behavioral Assessment of Correctional Inmates


Prison Systems

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

Students will be able to recognize the different correctional methodologies prisons around the world use when attempting to modify inmate behavior and formulate solutions to the weaknesses they identify in each system.

Today’s Objective:

#1 – Students will utilize their reference notebooks during an initial inmate behavioral analysis in order to gather enough evidence to compare and contrast their mentalities and reasons for turning to crime. (Wrap up from Friday)

#2 – Due to the fact that I may be pulled out tomorrow to attend a conference at the PLC in downtown students are going to prep observation notes about the Russian Federation prison system with specific attention to their equivalent to a SuperMax Prison.

*Lesson objective written with this downloadable guide -> Writing Learning Objectives Guide


Step #1 – I may have to be gone tomorrow. I want to go over substitute day procedures with you today in order to make sure you know what is expected when I am gone.

Step #2 – Quick student survey. The questions to the survey are posted below this line.

  • On a scale of 1-5 how dangerous do you think each inmate is? Why? What is the one main reason behind your decision to rate them how you did?
  • Are you sure you want to try out tomorrow if I have to be gone?
  • Do you feel any of the inmates have a psychiatric disorder? Which ones? What is one reason specifically you classified 1-4 of them with a disorder?
  • What is the point of Prison?

Step #3- Students will be wrapping up their observation notes on the four inmates from WaBash SuperMax Correctional facility in Illinois. Don’t forget to set up your observation chart like the one below.

Prisoner Analysis Grid

Step #4 – Initial Diagnosi’ will be given by students at the completion of the observation period. I am curious to see after your initial observations what you are thinking of these four inmates.

Step #5- You will now be introduced to the Russian Prison system and their version of a SuperMax facility. While you are being introduced to the Russian Prison system I want you to set up and utilize a basic two piece Venn Diagram like the one depicted below to compare and contrast the Russian Prison system with the United States.

Venn Diagram Example

Step #6 – Be aware that step 5 is leading to write a compare and contrast essay. If you would like some ideas for how to write one or improve your skills here is a guide created by the Santa Barbara City College.

Downloadable PDF -> How to Write a Compare Contrast Essay

Additional Student Resources

For more information on the inmates we began looking at today please see the list of websites/downloadable files below.


Website – Christopher Trotter v State


Website – – James Dale Stone v State of Indiana

Website – Wave3News – Woman Faces Rapist in Floyd County Courtroom


Downloadable PDF -> Lukuman Aderibigbe – Motion to Appeal


Website – Miles Folsom – “Reign of Terror Comes to End”

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