Period 1 – Criminal Behavior Lesson Plan (8-10-2016)

Period 1 - Criminal Behavior

Today’s Topic –

The Seven Theories on Why We Commit Crime

Teaching Objective –

Students will be introduced to identifying, analyzing, and then appropriately classifying cases using the seven key theories on why we commit crime.

Classroom Rules:

Mr Tylers Classroom Room (V2)

Teaching Agenda –

Teacher’s Note –

1st period Criminal Behavior is behind 3rd due to the fact advisory period yesterday went over its time allotement


Warm Up (5 minutes)

Head over to and enter room “A89559b4”

Results – Period 1 – Criminal Behavior Warm Up Results (8-10-2016)


Task #1 (Individually) –

Quick reminder about – My website is an integral part of my class experience. I will remind you how it works on the computer and on your cell phones.



Task #2 (Group) –

Getting to Know you activity – Two Truths and a Lie – You will be in groups of four for this activity. I will show you how to get into groups for my classroom. Introduce yourself to your group members and then tell them two truths and a lie about yourself. Once everyone has gone, each person in the group try to identify the lie each person told. Once you have completed this have one person from the group go to the board and write the people’s names in the group and one fact about each person.

Student Work Example from Spring 2015: (click/tap to enlarge)


Task #3 (Individually) –

I will show you a brief note slideshow on the seven key theories on why we commit crime. First we will copy down the terms and the definitions.

Slide show = Why Commit Crime – 7 Key Theories

Task #4 (Individually) –

Now that we have our terms I will be giving you copy paper and we will be making some visual cheat sheets to put around the room to help us remember the seven key theories. When you are done creating your cheat sheet I will give you a piece of painters tape for you to post your cheat sheet where you can best see it.

Teacher Made Example of a cheat sheet: (Click/Tap to enlarge)

IMG_3943Student Work Example from Spring 2015: (Click/Tap to enlarge)


Task #5 (Individually) –

Read through The Jeremy Scenario.  On the paper provided write down which theory you think best explains why Jeremy committed a crime along with a reason why you think the theory you choose best explains his actions.

Student Work Example from Fall 2015: (Click/Tap image to enlarge) The theory in the image below was developed by Marissa.

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Task #6 (Individually) –

Download the following document and save it as “7 Key Theory Video Practice – Period 1 – Your Name” then share it to We are going to now look at several real case videos of crime being perpetrated and practicing assessing why the individuals were breaking the law.

Downloadable .doc -> 7 Key Theories – Video Practice


Task #7 ( Individually) – 

Step 1:

On your computers create a google doc with the following title: “Period 3 – Your Name – 7 Key Theory Practice Case Study”.

Step 2:

Put your name, date, and period number in the top right hand corner of the document.

Step 3:

On Google search for an article about a criminal. You can choose any criminal that you want. After you find an article you want to read, read through it in entirety.

Step 4:

On your google doc title it the name of the criminal you chose to read about.

Step 5:

Insert or type the hyperlink to the article under the title.

Step 6:

Review the seven key theories as to why people commit crime.

Step 7:

You will now be writing an academic paragraph (10 sentences or more) about the criminal explaining what they did, stating which key theory best explains why they committed their crime(s), and explaining the evidence of their case that supports which theory you chose.

Step 8:

Time depending this assignment is due before you leave. Remember Google docs are time stamped.

Homework –

Study your vocabulary for a quiz tomorrow morning

Look over the website:

C.C.S.S. –

RH 11-12.2 – Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary that makes clear the relationships among the key details and ideas.


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