Period 2,3 – Criminal Behavior Lesson Plan (10-21-2015)

Criminal Behavior HeaderTopic:

Bootlegging and Al Capone


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 interpret the organized crime events depicted in the film “The Untouchables” and examine its contents using Costa’s 3rd Level of questioning.

*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 –

For today’s warm up I want to have a quick discussion about yesterday’s lesson. We looked over a documentary entitled “Murder Inc”, but it seems to have to done a poor job of depicting how organized crime was catalyzed in the 1920s due to Prohibition. I want to make sure I interpreted events correctly before proceeding onward with today’s lesson. Today’s lesson is designed to rectify the problems I saw in yesterday’s lesson plan.

Task #1 –

You will need a piece of paper entitled “The Untouchables & Organized Crime”. We are going to be looking at part of the film “The Untouchables” today in order to make sure we have a firm understanding of La Cosa Nostra life and organized criminals like Al Capone.  While we are watching the film I will be stopping it from time to time and students will be developing the Costa’s questions to examine and critize the material presented.

Downloadbale Resources ->  Costas Levels of Thinking and Questioning

Task #3 –

Time permitting. After the film analysis 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. 

3. Do you think the film fulfilled it purpose? Did this help your understanding?

4. How would you rate your understanding of La Cosa Nostra and Organized crime right now? Very Poor, Poor, Average, Above Average, Proficient. 



D.O.K. Ticket - 10-21-2015


Objective Hit - 10-21-2015


Understanding Rate 10-21-2015

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