Period 2,3 – Criminal Behavior Lesson Plans (12-17-2015)

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Serial Killer Behavioral Analysis


Serial Killers

Unit S.M.A.R.T. Goal:

Students will be able to behaviorally analyze a killer without teacher’s assistance with 80% accuracy in 4 of 5 trials by completion of the unit.

*Unit S.M.A.R.T. Goal written with this downloadable guide -> SmartGoals Template for Educators

Today’s Objective(s):

Students will begin writing a psychological report on the Zodiac Killer utilizing Google docs.

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


One-on-One Murder, Modus-Operandi, signature, characteristics


Warm Up:

  1. Do you believe that the Zodiac suffered from a psychiatric disorder? Why or why not? Cite evidence in your answer.
  2. Which of the seven key theories do you think could best explain why this man chose a life of crime? Defend your answer.

Task #1:

After today’s warm up, grab a chrome book and download the psychological evaluation paper template below. Then open it in google docs and click “Share”. It is a blue button on the top right corner. It will then ask if you want to save as a google doc. You want to click “Yes”. Then wait until the blue share button goes back to dark blue. Click on it again and share to “”.

Downloadable .Doc File -> Psychological Evaluation Paper Template for Students (V2)

Use your observation notes, reference notebooks, and the reference tools below listed under Homework to help you fill out your report.


The Psychological Evaluation below is what we will be turning in before we go on break. If you would like to get started download the .doc file below and read through the supplementary information below on the Zodiac killer.

Downloadable .Doc File -> Psychological Evaluation Paper Template for Students (V2)

Downloadable PDF ->PsychEval – Victor Yang Ungraded Example – Here is that ungraded example from a student from 2014 as reference for how to fill out the report. This is not an “A” quality paper nor is it the case from today so don’t try to copy and paste from it. Just use it as a reference for how another student attempted to analyze this case.

Rubric for assignment.

Downloadable PDF ->Psychological Evaluation Student Developed Point Rubric

Downloadable PDF ->Psychological Evaluation Final Exam Teacher Grading Sheet

Case Study Reference Material:

Wikipedia Link -> Zodiac Killer

Downloadable PDF ->7 Key Theories on Why We Commit Crime

Downloadable PDF ->Organized vs Disorganized Killer Chart

Downloadable PDF ->Psychiatric Disorders Associated with Criminal Behavior (V2)