Periods 2,3 – Criminal Behavior Lesson Plan (10-8-2015)

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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 list five signs that someone is lying, have practiced recognizing lying, and conduct an experiment to test how the mafia recruits for their organization. Students will then compose additional ways they have learned to identify lying.

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

C.C.S.S. Standards:

WHST 11-12.2 – Write informative/explanatory texts.

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


WarmUp –

1.Think of a time you lied for a good reason that you don’t mind sharing. In a few sentences state what happened.

2. Why do you think lying is an important trait to have in the mafia?

3. Why do you think lying is an important trait to have in law enforcement?

Task #1 –

Today we are going to be focusing on learning about the tell tale signs that someone is lying. First things first we are going to make a cheat sheet of the common ways to tell if someone is lying on an index card. On one side of the card we will list the ways we can tell physically someone is lying and on the other verbally.

Downloadable PDF-> How to Tell if Someone is Lying

Task #2 – 

Now we are going to conduct an experiment to test these signs of lying.

Step 1 – Index cards are going to be handed out at random face down. Sign your name to the back as soon as you receive your card.

Step 2 – Each person is to peek at their card. Five people in the room will find that they are the bosses to the original five crime families: Bonanno, Colombo, Gambino, Genovese and Lucchese.

Step 3 – The bosses will take their positions around the room according to the diagram below after writing their names on the front whiteboard.

Mafia Family Locations

Step 4 – Now the remaining students will peek at their cards again. The numbers on your card will correspond with the key below.

#1 – Associate (can be hired by any family)

#2- Undercover D.E.A. Agent

#3- Undercover A.T.F. Agent

Step 5 – The family bosses will each start with “100 points” to their family names. For each person you bring into your family you earn an additional “+10 points”. You will have 10 minutes to recruit as many people as possible.

Step 6 – At the end of the 10 minutes whoever is unclaimed will go to the front of the room. For each D.E.A.or A.T.F. agent that was not claimed all families receive an additional “+10 points”. For all available people who were not claimed and not law enforcement each family loses “-10 points” because they left an asset available.

Step 7 – The family bosses will now go to white board and list their “family members”.

Step 8 – For each person the family recruited who was an associate the family will receives an additional “+10 points”. For each A.T.F. or D.E.A. agent the family recruits they will lose “-20 points”. Family with the most points wins tickets.

Note – For each D.E.A. and A.T.F. agent that successfully makes it into a family they will receive reward tickets.

Task #3

Now we will debrief. On a piece of paper answer the following questions.

1.What are other signs you learned to look for in people who are lying?

2. What did you notice about how people recruited?

3. What did you like about the experiment?

4. What did you not like about the experiment?

5. How could this exercise be improved? If you think it works perfect the way it is then explain why it doesnt need to be changed.

Ticket Out the Door –

1.”What level of Webb’s depth of knowledge do you think we primarily worked at today? Why?”

Webbs Depth of Knowledge Chart

2. Did we meet our objective for today?

Student Results:

#1 – Ticket Out the Door Results

Ticket Out the Door (10-8-2015)

Examples of Student Reasoning:

D.O.K. 4 –

“Performace task with the whole class. Extended Thinking and identification on who is lying and who is not. Made connections with each classmate” – Angela M.

D.O.K. 3 –

“Because we had to develop and use strategy to recruit members into the mafia families” – Scarlett S.

D.O.K. 2 –

“I think we were at level 2 because we had to make decisions and observations to see if we were recruiting an undercover cop or a made man” – Marina C.

D.O.K. 1 –

” We took down information on how to read people, worked together, and followed procedure” – Yesenia R.

#2 – Did we meet our objective? Yes or No.

Did we Meet Our Objective (10-8-2015)