Periods 2,3 – Criminal Behavior Lesson Plans (10-22-2015)

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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.

*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 –

Due to the fact that I will be in “A” building today you will unfortunately have a substitute. While I am gone you will be answering the questions below on your own piece of paper and having the substitute signing the top left corner to show you completed your work during class time. You will be holding onto your papers until tomorrow when I return.

Task #1 –

Short Answer Questions (3-4 sentences):

  1. What was the problem that was being addressed in the film “The Untouchables”?
  1. Describe what a “shakedown” looked like in the film. Do you believe this to be an accurate depiction of how former bar owners were being forced to purchase alcohol illegally?
  1. What message were the gangsters trying to send by blowing up a store that refused to purchase alcohol?
  1. How would you justify the United States’ decision to ban alcohol?
  1. Describe Elliot Ness’s initial efforts to use a Chicago task force to bring down Capone. Why was it doomed to failure?
  1. Based on what you know, how would you explain how Al Capone protected himself from being arrested?
  1. The constitutional amendment process requires that 3/4ths of the states ratify any changes. This ensures that most of the country must be in favor of a change in order to modify the Constitution. Why do you think that Prohibition, which had been approved by the people, failed so dramatically?
  2. There were three “fronts” shown in the film owned by Al Capone. Choose one of these “fronts” and describe it. What business was it or did it look like? Why did they choose it so that the public wouldn’t know what it really was? Why do you think no one asked questions about it? Why did law enforcement seem to not know it existed?
  3. Is the legalization of alcohol distribution similar to the legalization of marijuana? Why or why not?

Academic Paragraph Response Questions (8-9 sentences):

  1. These days the government does not ban alcohol, but instead heavily taxes it in order to discourage people from purchasing it. Do you believe this method to be effective? Why or why not? Explain your answer in detail and with supporting evidence.


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