Period 3 – Criminal Behavior Lesson Plan (4-15-2016)

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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:

Students will analyze and appraise the various backgrounds to the killers we have examined utilizing previous course content knowledge.

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


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


Warm Up:

Message from Mr. Tyler:

Today I will be at the PD center in downtown Stockton for a Common Core training. Follow the lesson plan below and if you have any problems e-mail me at

Lesson Resource:

Downloadable PDF Resource -> Introduction to Analyzing Killers (V3)

Task #1:

Before you get started I want you to e-mail me your opinion on the idea below. E-mail me at E-mailing me your opinion is an assignment and will be worth 25 points.


I was thinking of adding some additional units to this course, but before I do I want your opinion on if the following units are worth exploring based on the definition of the purpose of this course.

  1. Terrorism (Think 9/11 & ISIS)
  2. Piracy (The actual criminal act of piracy. 18th Century to Present. Like Pirates of the Caribbean to Captain Phillips)

If you think of another unit you would like to see taught in this course please include your idea in your opinion e-mail to me.

Task #2:

Download, Save, and share the assignment below. You will be analyzing the three killers we looked at yesterday. You will be stating which key theory of the seven key theories best explain their actions and so on. In the columns that say “evidence” that is where you will bullet out the evidence that backs up your answer in the previous column.

Assignment ->  Killer Analysis Chart (V2)

Task #3:

If you have not turned in the following assignments you need to use the rest of this period to get this work to me. I have not finished grading it all yet so if you know you have done the work and can see it in your google account don’t worry. If you are sure you did not turn in one of the assignments below you are late and will not receive full credit anymore, but partial credit is better than none.

Assignments we have done so far in the new semester:

#1 – La Cosa Nostra 5 paragraph essay

#2 – Ranking Criminal Organizations based on your definition of power.

#3 – Killer Analysis – Stacey Castor

#4 – Killer Analysis – NY Zodiac Killer

#5 – Organized Crime Summative Project (Tri-fold, poster, powerpoint)

#6 – Killers – Nature vs Nurture Argument

#7 – Serial Killers Introduction Questions


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