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

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Organized Criminal Organizations – YaKuZa


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 analyze as well as compare the YaKuZa against what we have already learned about the Russian Mafia and La Cosa Nostra.

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


Warm Up –

What was your favorite note, case, or event from each of the following units we have already covered:

#1 – 7 Key Theories

#2 – Psychiatric Disorders

#3 – Stalking

#4 – Prison Systems

#5 – Juvenile Justice

#6 – Organized Crime

Task #1 – 

THE RAFFLE! – I didn’t do the raffle on Friday so lets take care of this right after the warm up.

Task #2 – 

Today we will be mentally regrouping before diving back into analyzing all the organized criminal groups in the new way that Period 2 Criminal Behavior designed yesterday. While we are doing this we are going to be looking at the YaKuZa way of life and comparing it against what we already know of the Russian Mafia and La Cosa Nostra in a three way Venn Diagram. For a reference of how to construct one of these use the diagram below. I will be giving you copy paper for this assignment.

Three Way Venn Diagram

Task #3  – 

After we finish our Venn diagram comparison we are going to have discussion groups to verbally analyze the YaKuZa. Each group will be responsible for only their question.

Group #1 – What evidence can you find to support the statement that the YaKuZa “are the largest criminal organization on the planet”?

Group #2 – What are at least four symbols that the YaKuZa use? What are the meanings of these symbols?

Group #3 – What were some of the YaKuZa criminal activities mentioned in the documentary?

Group #4 – Based on what you know, how would you explain why the YaKuZa act like “Family”?

Group #5 – Why do you think the YaKuZa still use a traditional method of tattooing?

Group #6 – Why would the YaKuZa adopt a name that literally means “Loser”?

Group #7 -Based on what you know, how would you explain why the YaKuZa act like “The Military”?

Group #8 – Explain why the Japanese government would outlaw tattooing.

Group #9 – What distinctions can you make between Russian Mafia tattoos  and YaKuZa tattoos?

Ticket Out the Door:

Downloadable PDF -> Ticket Out the Door

Downloadable PPT -> Ticket Out the Door

*Ticket Out the Door was not done today in order to give more instructional time for students to work on their Venn Diagrams.

Student Work Evidence:

YouTube – Private Channel -> Period 2 & 3 Group Share Outs

Student Developed Venn Diagrams from 3rd period ->


Period 2 – Complete your Venn Diagrams and be ready to turn them in tomorrow.

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