Period 2,3 – Criminal Behavior Lesson Plan (11-4-2015)

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Organized Criminal Organizations – Mexican Cartels – Los Zetas


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 analyzing and questioning material about the Los Zetas Cartel using their Costa’s Level 3 writing guide.

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


Warm Up –

We will be looking over our group share outs from yesterday. What did we do well? List three things. What could we improve? List three things.

YouTube – > Private Channel -> YaKuZa Student ShareOuts (11-3-2015)

Task #1 – 

Today we will be looking over the Los Zetas Cartel in Mexico and hearing from a young man that was recruited into their organization at the age of 16. While we are looking over this material students are going to write 10 level 3 Costa style questions.

Downloadable PDF Resource -> Costas Levels of Thinking and Questioning

Task #2 – 

Students will share out their questions.

Task #3 – 

Student S.M.A.R.T. goal check in. How are we doing?

Task #4 – 

Student thoughts on what we should do for a summative activity in this unit.

Student Work Evidence:


Ticket Out the Door:

Downloadable PDF -> Ticket Out the Door

Downloadable PPT -> Ticket Out the Door