Period 3 – Criminal Behavior Lesson Plans (3-14-2016)

Criminal Behavior HeaderTopic:

La Cosa Nostra (Italian Mafia)


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 gain the ability to intelligently discuss an article by Dr. James Finckenauer’s concerning La Cosa Nostra for the National Institute of Justice. Students will appraise the information presented to them followed by organizing this data into a easy-to-read poster that will be peer-reviewed on Tuesday (10-6-2015).

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

C.C.S.S. Standards:

RH 11 – 12.5 – Analyze in detail how a complex primary source is structured, including how key sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text contribute to the whole.
*While Common Core Social Studies standards are currently under development my courses adhere to following the C.C.S.S. standards for English.


Warm Up:(5 minutes)

Take your seats in your assigned seating chart.

Period 3 - Criminal Behavior Seating Chart

Go to and room “A89559b4”

Results -> *pending*

Task #1 (15 minutes)

We just barely got to the photo analysis questions on Friday. You will have 15 minutes to finish answering the photo questions below. Many of the questions only require short responses. For your convenience I posted the work from Friday below.

Take a look at the photo below of a mafia style hit in 1930 and use the downloadable photo analysis guide to examine this photo in detail.

Jake Lingle

Online Assignment: -> Photo Analysis Questions

Task #2 (25 minutes)

You will be in groups of four. Each group will be examining a report entitled “La Cosa Nostra in the United States” by Dr. James Finckenauer. This report was written for the National Institute of Justice.

Step 1 –

Only one person in your group will download the file below.

Assignment -> downloadable .doc file ->Report – La Cosa Nostra in the United States

Step 2 –

Once the file is downloaded they need to share it with everyone else in that group. Make sure to at me as well so you receive credit for this assignment.

Step 3 –

Each person in the group needs to open the document that was shared to them.

Step 4 –

You need to decide as a group how you want to split up reading this report.

Step 5 –

Once you know who is reading what each person needs to read their section and highlight the important information it contains.

Task #3 (40 minutes)

Once your group is done reading the report you will need to decide how you will present the information in an organized way online digitally.  You are welcome to create a joint Google slide show or get more inventive like developing  Prezi. However you design it you must complete this work by the end of the period and share your work to If you get creative and use a website like Prezi e-mail me a link to your work.

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