Period 2,3 – Criminal Behavior Lesson Plans (11-2-2015)

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Organized Criminal Organizations Top 9 List Creation


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 locate and identify pertinent information  in a “raw data report” given to them about the criminal organization they are investigating today. Students will then employ this knowledge and relate the information they have discovered to the rest of the class in order to help assist us in developing a “Top 9” most dangerous organized criminal groups list.

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


Warm Up –

  1. What criteria would you use to determine if one organized crime group is more dangerous than another?
  2. Using the criteria you stated in your answer to the first question which group would you say is more dangerous, the Mexican Cartels or the Russian Cartel?

Task #1 – 

Break into your groups

Task #2 – 

Break apart the raw information packet your group receives about a criminal organization so that all members have equal work.

Task #3 –

As a group get ready to inform the rest of the class verbally about the group you received. Make sure to specifically state the following information:







Task #4 –

As the groups share out, the remaining groups will be taking notes on what information they have found.

Task #5 – 

Return the desks back to their original positions.

Task #6 – 

Individually, rank the organizations you learned about today by the most dangerous at #1 to the least dangerous at #9. Make sure to cite reasoning behind each of your ranking choices.

Task #7 –

Time permitting, we are going to do a “Walk the Talk” style check for understanding.


This particular lesson plan fell apart with the Period 2 Criminal Behavior class. On the bright side Period 2 pointed out where the flaws were and helped fix it so that the Period 3 Criminal Behavior class ran smoothly. Students in Period 2 suggested the following format:

  1. Students break into groups.
  2. Each group is given two packets (in case students want to pair up)
  3. Students will have 10 minutes to work through the packet and find the information that was being sought above.
  4. At the end of the ten minutes rotate the packets to the different groups in numerical order.

Chart Students recommend I use:

Organized Crime Groups - Chart to Fill In


Period 2 – YouTube Video Evidence will be available upon demand.

Period 3 Evidence:


Ticket Out the Door:

Downloadable PDF -> Ticket Out the Door

Downloadable PPT -> Ticket Out the Door