Period 2,3 – Criminal Behavior Lesson Plans (1-5-2016)

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Developing a commonly accepted definition for the term “Terrorism” / Examining the concept of “Economic Terrorism”.



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

By the end of this three week unit students will be able to clearly and concisely state in writing the impact terrorism has had on global connections and national culture with specific citations.

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

Today’s Objective(s):

Students will develop a commonly accepted definition as to what terrorism is and if the concept of economic terrorism is valid.

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




Warm Up:

  1. What key elements must be present in an act for it to be called “terrorism”?
  2. Develop a definition for the word “Terrorism” that you believe is accurate.

Task #1:

You will be using your warm up in this step. In your group develop a commonly accepted definition for terrorism. Once you have your definition send someone to the white board to write it down for your group.

Task #2:

Now lets look at the scenarios from yesterday that we didn’t get a chance to discuss and take a  before and after vote. I am curious to see how many of you consider each of these acts terrorism and for what reason. After you verbally state your opinion I will tell where these events actually took place and we will vote again. I will be curious to see if you stand by your judgement of an act when you find out what group(s) or countries were involved. If you changed your vote I would be curious to know why.

Downloadable PDF -> Checklist Scenarios

Student Results:

Terrorist Scenarios #1 - Student Responses

Task #3:

Now let us look at this brief article about the concept of “Economic Terrorism”. After reading the article how many of you believe that Economic terrorism is indeed terrorism? Why or why not?

Downloadable PDF -> Economic Terrorism

Task #4:

Now lets look at some scenarios concerned with terrorism as we currently understand it and with economics involved to see if when we see the real world scenarios of “economic terrorism” if we consider to be real terrorism now.

Downloadable PDF -> Terrorism Scenarios (V2)

Ticket Out the Door:

Downloadable PDF -> Ticket Out the Door

Downloadable PPT -> Ticket Out the Door

Homework: * We once again did not get to this point. However, if you get these questions done you will not have to do them tomorrow. 

Answer the following two discussion questions:

  1. Discuss the political impact of the term terrorism. Why is it an effective political tool (or weapon, as Cameron Barr describes it) to accuse your opponent of being a terrorist?
  2. Being able to convincingly claim that your opponent is a terrorist grants enormous moral legitimacy to a party in a conflict. Is it important — or possible — to have a single consistent definition of terrorism? Why? How could such a definition be crafted?

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