Period 3 – Criminal Behavior Lesson Plans (5-23-2016)

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; Psychological Needs; Self-Actualization; Al Qaeda; Fundamentalist; Jihad; Jihadist; Qur’an; Osama Bin Laden; Skinhead; Terrorist


Warm Up:

Go to and enter room “A89559b4”.

Results -> *pending*

 Task #1 

On Friday the last thing we created was a hierarchy of caring chart for each of us individually. In this chart we considered 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

I included Task #1 in the warm up today.

Task #2

Let’s compare your definition with that of Helen Fein’s definition of Universe of Obligation

“the circle of individuals and groups toward whom obligations are owed, to whom rules apply, and whose injuries call for amends”

I included Task #2 in the warm up today.

Task #3

Armed with the knowledge and sense of who you are and groups you identify with we are going to read the following article. The main individual defines their Universe of Obligation. We are going to create an identity chart for this individual.

PDF -> PUBLIC LIVES; A Daughter of Islam, and an Enemy of Terror – The New York Times

“A Daughter of Islam, an Enemy of Terror” by Robin Finn, New York Times, Oct. 25, 2001, Metro Section, focuses on an American Muslim woman and her reactions to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. In the reading students learn about the identity crisis facing Asama Khan as she struggles to respond to the tragedy as an American, as a Muslim, and as a citizen of the world. While she must endure the negative stereotypes and fears directed toward Muslims that emerge in the popular culture, the tragedy has also galvanized her  sense of civic responsibility, expressed in her founding of the organization called Muslims Against

Task #4

Armed with the knowledge of how “Us vs Them” begins we are going to look at another facet of human behavior. This one is about how we innately create a Hierarchy of Needs.  Click on this link to look at how these needs were constructed into a pyramid by a man named Maslow -> MASLOW’S HIERARCHY OF NEEDS

Task #5

Now I am going to have you go back to and enter room “A89559b4” again. You are going to read through a series of events and identify the events (1-5) by applying Maslow’s theory.

Maslows Hierarchy of Needs Graph


Activity Results -> *pending*

Task #6 

Once we feel comfortable that we know how Maslow’s Hierachy of Needs is structured and works I will have us go to discussion question on in room “A89559b4”.

Results – *pending*

Task #7

We are going to look at another psychiatrist named Erickson and his assessment of human psychological development. I have copied and pasted his chart below.

Chart showing Erickson’s 8 stages of Human Psychosocial Development.

Erickson's 8 Stages

Task #8 

Once we are comfortable with Erickson’s 8 stages and Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs we are going to read this article posted by the BBC

LINK -> Who is Osama Bin Laden? 

Task #9 

Now create a google doc entitled “Analyzing Osama: Why People Turn to Terror – Period 3 – Your Name”. In this document I want you to analyze Osama Bin Laden, using Maslow’s and Erickson’s charts, in five paragraphs and identify the factors that made him turn to a life of terror.

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