Periods 2,3 – Criminal Behavior Lesson Plan (10-28-2015)

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Introduction to the Russian Mafia (Eurasian Mob)


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 explain and discuss the significance of Russian prison tattoos in the Russian Mafia by answering the Costa’s 3rd level questions of their own design that they developed in yesterday’s activity.

*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.


Directions for Substitute: Yesterday Students developed their own Costa’s level questions for the content we were studying. They will be choosing and answering twenty of those questions today on their own paper. They only have this class period to do the work and to prove they completed it on time I ask that you only initial the top left corner of student’s papers that are complete and ready to turn in. I have left a stack of these questions for you to disperse to the students. There are enough copies so that students can pair up to work together. Each student must have their own individual paper and answers though.

Russian Prison Tattoo Analysis Assignment

Student Developed Costa’s Questions

Directions: Choose 20 of the questions below to answer. You may choose questions from any class period and answer them in any order that you wish.

PERIOD 2 Questions (questions must be answered with a minimum of 4 sentences)

  1. Why is it important to understand the meaning of the tattoo before you get it? Explain your answer. (Written by Antara B.)
  2. Why do you think the tattoo on the knee represents respect? Defend your position with evidence. (Written by Veannette F.)
  3. What would result if prisoners got tattoos they didn’t deserve on the street as opposed to in prison? Explain your answer. (Written by Tianna H.)
  4. Why do you think lifestyle is revealed by tattoos? Explain your answer. (Written by Michael R.)
  5. Based on what you know, how would you explain the difference of Italian mafias and Russian mafias? Explain your answer (Written by Alize A.)
  6. Why do you think Russian prisons have more people coming back? (Written by Jesus A.)
  7. What questions would you ask in an interview with Nikolai? Develop at least four. (Written by Linda L.)
  8. If you were to develop your own tattoo symbol, what would it be and why? (Written by Felix E.)
  9. Can you make a distinction between Russian and Italian opinions on tattoos? How? Explain your answer. (Written by Jennifer Beas)
  10. How would you justify if someone deserves a higher ranking in the Russian Mafia? (Written by Gabriel R.)
  11. What questions would you ask a high ranking prisoner? (Written by Desmond A.)
  12. What evidence can you find to support the belief that Nikolai is insane? (Written by Jordan H.)
  13. What is your opinion on the tattoo stylization? (Written by Scarlett S.)
  14. Explain the significance of an inmate having a devil on one arm and an angel on the other. (Written by Shawn M.)
  15. What is your opinion on getting a tattoo every time you rank up? Defend your position. (Written by Roberto K.)
  16. What is your opinion on how sanitary the prison tattoo equipment is? State three reasons why you feel the way you do. (Written by TK K.)
  17. Why do you think Nikolai only got 13 years for a brutal murder of a woman? Explain your answer. (Written by Raven W.)
  18. Why do you think that they are so religious on tattoos? (Written by Derrineca W.)
  19. What is your opinion on the “zone”? (Written by Bre. T.)
  20. What is the most meaningful tattoo image to you? Explain your position. (Written by Jose Ochoa)

PERIOD 3 Questions (questions must be answered with a minimum of 4 sentences)

  1. What is your opinion on the Russian Mafia allowing you to kill your way up to the rank of Boss? (Written by Ibrar A.)
  2. How would a Russian criminal prove he or she has earned their tattoos? (Written by Michelle G.)
  3. What ideas justify was Russian prison guards can beat inmates for their tattoos? (Written by Carina O.)
  4. What evidence can you state that proves there is a poor relationship between the Russian guards and inmates? (Written by Eva B.)
  5. Why is the placement of tattoos so important? Explain your answer. (Written by Sylvester C.)
  6. Why is it better that the Italian Mafia doesn’t believe in tattoos? Explain your answer. (Written by Lucia C.)
  7. Explain the cultural significance of tattooing in the Russian Mafia? Explain your answer. (Written by Chris G.)
  8. What would be the result if a Russian criminal never tattooed themselves? How would they be seen by other inmates? (Written by Kayanna K.)
  9. Compile ten facts about the Russian Mafia. (Written by Marlina C.)
  10. Why do you think that tattooing became so popular in Russian prisons? (Written by Angel C.)
  11. What choice about tattooing would you have made in you were in a Russian prison. Defend your answer. (Written by Corrina C.)
  12. How could you test the tattoo gun without using it on skin? Explain your answer. (Written by Saily G.)
  13. What facts can you compile to prove that the Russian Mafia is a lot like the military? (Written by Ivan S.)
  14. What is your opinion on a killer only getting 30 years in a Russian prison? (Written by Alondra P.)
  15. How do you think the Russian Mafia can be based on loyalty when they allow members to kill their way to the top? (Written by Yesenai R.)
  16. Based on what you know why do you think stars were chosen as the symbols to be put on the knees and shoulders? (Written by Oscar C.)
  17. Propose a design for a tattoo of your own for living in a Russia prison. What would you choose and why? Explain your answer (Written by Emily A.)
  18. How would you propose that they improve the ink they use for their tattoos? (Written by Carley M.)
  19. What was the purpose of inmates tattooing famous Russian leaders on their bodies? How did the guards respond? (Written by Shontyonne R.)
  20. When did tattooing begin? What did it start with? (Written by Diana V.)

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