Period 1 – Criminal Behavior Lesson Plan (8-12-2016)

Period 1 - Criminal Behavior

Today’s Topic –

The Seven Theories on Why We Commit Crime / Organized/Disorganized Killers

Teaching Objective –

Students will be able to identify, analyze, and then appropriately classifying cases using the seven key theories on why we commit crime as well as be able to identify what type of killer a murderer is.

Classroom Rules:

Mr Tylers Classroom Room (V2)

Teaching Agenda –

Warm Up (5 minutes)

Head over to and enter room “A89559b4”

Results – *pending*

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 (Individually) –

Quick review of the seven key theories again.

Slide show = Why Commit Crime – 7 Key Theories

Task #3 ( Individually) –

Download the PDF file below to your digital reference notebook. You are going to use it in today’s case study. The file may take a few tries to work on the chromebook, but it will eventually load. Just be patient.

Downloadable PDF -> Organized vs Disorganized Killer Chart

Task #4 (Individually) – 

Now we are going to look at the case of H.H. Holmes. He was America’s first recognized serial killer who was operating prior to and during Jack the Ripper’s time in White Chapel, England.  During the case study we are going to take observational notes. Create a Google Doc in your account titled “Period 1 – Your Name – H.H. Holmes Case Study”. In this document create two columns. The column on the left will be labeled “Key Theory Evidence” the one on the right will be labeled ” Organized/Disorganized evidence”.

Task #5 (Individually)-

After getting familiar with H.H. Holme’s case, time permitting, we are going to practice utilizing Costa’s Levels of Questioning to examine the case further and force ourselves to think more closely about the evidence.

Downloadable PDF -> costas-levels-of-thinking-and-questioning

Task #6 (Individually) –

Lastly, now that we have gotten familiar with the case, examined the evidence, and taken observational evidence you are going to write a full academic paragraph analyzing H.H. Holmes in the google doc you created Task #5. In this paragraph you will state which theory best explains why he turned to crime and if he was predominantly an organized or disorganized killer. An example of how to start your paragraph can be found below…..

“H.H. Holmes was predominantly a _________ killer whose behavior is best explained by ________ Theory. Sentence of supporting evidence 1. Sentence of supporting evidence 2. Sentence of supporting evidence 3.”

Ticket Out the Door

On an index card please answer the following questions.

  1. What was the theory you chose to explain H.H. Holmes?
  2. What was the key piece of evidence that made you chose your theory?
  3. What type of killer did you decide he was?
  4. What was the key piece of evidence that made you chose your theory?

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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