Period 2,3 – Criminal Behavior Lesson Plans (10-1-2015)

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Introduction to Organized Crime Unit


Organized Crime

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

At the end of this unit students have stated they will understand how structured criminal organizations originated, remain in power, how they are affiliated, strategies they implement, and how dangerous each is. Additionally, students have stated they will have developed the following skills: reading, analysis, observation, and identification. Success will be measured by four specific student developed goal oriented objectives they have designed to measure success culminating in a student developed summative project at the end of this unit.

Downloadable  PDF -> Student SMART Goal Input – Organized Crime

*Unit S.M.A.R.T. Goal written with this downloadable guide -> SmartGoals Template for Educators

Today’s Objective:

Students will be able to recall, list, and describe common mafia slang terms utilized in the 1920s through 1950s. They will then be able to employ these terms in a fictional story in order to demonstrate understanding as well as experiment with using these slang terms correctly. This is the second day of this objectives due to us running out of time yesterday.

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

C.C.S.S. Standards:

WHST 11-12.4 – Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

*While Common Core Social Studies standards are currently under development my courses adhere to following the C.C.S.S. standards for English.


Task #1 – 

Longest Word Activity: When you walk in you will see the word “ORGANIZED” written vertically on the whiteboard in the front of the room. In your groups, on a single index card, try to come up with the longest word that begins with each of those letters that relates to organized crime. Once everyone is done, teams will write their answers on the board. Team with the highest total of letters wins.

Ex: If I had written W.I.N.T.E.R. on the board you would come up with something like this: W.hiteI. nside N. ome T. rees E. vergreen R. etail

Student Results

Period 2


Period 3

Task #2 – 

The Social Studies courses will be taking the PLUS survey today. This survey should take about five minutes. The hyperlinks are posted below:

URL:  (in English)

URL:   (in Spanish)

Task #3 –

Today we will be working on wrapping up the activities in the downloadable PDF below that we began yesterday. These activities will include: vocabulary introduction, film clip analysis, and organized crime structural analysis.

PDF File -> Directions – Introduction to the Mafia Activities

Ticket Out the Door –

Using the chart below state where you think we were operating today for the most part. What stage (1-4) do you think we achieved?

Webbs Depth of Knowledge Chart

Student Results:

Ticket Out the Door (10-1-2015)

*Only Period 2 did a ticket out the door today. Period 3 needed the extra time to complete the activities/surveys in today’s lesson plan.

Examples of Student Reasoning:

D.O.K. 4-

” I say we are at level 4 because of the many connections we made in the assignments” – Antara B.

D.O.K. 3-

“We thought of words in our groups, find definitions for the words we found, and had to make sure the words connected to organized crime” – Felix E.

D.O.K. 2-

“We are on level 2 because we classified and organized words. Also we compared data with other groups” – Jennifer B.

D.O.K. 1-

“We classified and applied vocabulary words” – Brenda C.