Period 2,3 – Criminal behavior Lesson Plans (10-20-2015)

Criminal Behavior HeaderTopic:

Murder Inc.


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 employ prior course knowledge to analyze and explain the causes of Italian organized crime in the United States.

*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.


Warm Up –

1.”Which of the Seven Key Theories best explains why Italian American Mafia turned to a life of crime?”

2. “How do the values of the mafia differ from organized crime groups today like the Mongols M.C. ?”

Task #1 –

I want to discuss our results from yesterday’s ticket out the door before we go on. I know period 2 ran out of time and I want to make sure period 3 is ready to move on.

Task #2 –

Murder Inc. Documentary Case Analysis using Costas Levels of Thinking and Questioning

Task #3 –

After the documentary we will be using Mr Tylers Thought Groups Directions to continue to break down the information further.

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. On a scale of 0% to 100% did we meet our objective for today? 100% means you believe we absolutely hit the objective. 


D.O.K. Ticket - 10-20-2015


Objective Hit - 10-20-2015

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