Period 3 – Criminal Behavior Lesson Plan (5-20-2016)

Criminal Behavior HeaderTopic:

Understanding Human Nature in order to understand the concept of 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 be analyzing themselves, then groups they identify with, characteristics (positive and negative) of these groups, and then participate in an analysis of “Us v Them”.

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


Prejudice; partisanship; provincialism; herd instinct


Warm Up:

I am going to skip the warm up today in order to make more room for today’s activity. When you walk in today I will be giving each of you a piece of paper.

 Task #1 

Consider the question “Who Am I?”. We are going to take about 5 minutes for each individual student to create an Identity Chart. Look below for an example:

Identity Chart Example

Task #2 

After everyone is done one at a time we are going to share out what we put on our identity charts. During this time feel free to add or remove items from your  identity chart. During your share out state one group you identify with. What are the privileges of membership? What are the challenges?

Task #3 

Now in our groups of four we are going to make a “Class Identity Chart” on a large piece of paper. Write words and phrases used to describe the class (11th grade, football players, etc.).

Task #4

Hang charts around the room. Once they are all up walk around and look to see what they may have in common with each other.

Task #5 

Go ahead and take a seat. How do these labels created by the class lead to assumptions and prejudices that can be made about themselves and others?

Task #6 

After sharing the background information, review your identity charts and write down every group to which you feel you belong.

Task #7

Now I will need 2-3 volunteers to share out the name of group that they feel they are a part of how they would characterize the group. After these volunteers share out I will be asking students who do not identify with that group to characterize the group.

Task #8

At this point I am going to have you go get a chrome book and go to and enter room “A89559b4”. There will be four questions for you to consider:

  1. How do the group’s characteristics as described by a group member differ from the characteristics described by outsiders?
  2. Will every member of that group have these characteristics?
  3. How does the group identity affect the way you see yourself? How does it affect the way others see you?
  4. What are the potential benefits of making these assumptions about what group members would be like? What are the potential pitfalls?

Task #9 

Look over people’s responses.

It is natural to have positive beliefs about a group to which you belong, and to make both positive and negative assumptions about other groups. However, assumptions about others can sometimes interfere with us making good decisions.

Task #10

Look at the download below. We are going to go through the vocabulary and then each person will come up with an example for each word.

PDF -> US v THEM Activity

Task #11

Now I want 2-3 new volunteers to share their examples then everyone is going to answer the following questions on their papers, “How do you know when you are a member of a group or community? How do you know when you are an outsider?”

Task #12

Now we will look at what is called the Universe of Obligation.

Consider this quote:

“I love my daughters more than my nieces, my nieces more than my cousins, my
cousins more than my neighbors. But that does not mean that we detest our neighbors.”

Using Think-Pair-Share, determine the meaning of this statement and decide whether
you agree or disagree with it.

Task #13

Now we will be creating a hierarchy of caring, asking ourselves the following questions,
“Who do I care about? Who do I worry about? For whom do I feel responsible?”

I want you to create your own definition of a Universe of Obligation and determine if there is a relationship between this and a hierarchy of caring. Be ready to share out.

PDF – > Universe of Obligation

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