Period 3 – Criminal Behavior Lesson Plan (8-12-2016)

Period 3 - 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 #5 (Individually) – 

Now we are going to do a quick review of H.H. Holmes. Get out your homework from last night where you used your observation notes to identify what type of killer he was as well as which theory best explains why he turned to crime.

Task #6 (Individually)-

We are now familiar with H.H. Holme’s case, now 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 #7 (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.”

Task #8 –

Download and read over this real case report. There is a PDF copy if you just want to read the report and a .doc copy in case you want to download and save it so you have the ability to highlight in the document or copy/paste evidence into your work.

Downloadable File (PDF) -> Introductory Homicide Case Study #1

Downloadable File (.docx) -> Introductory Homicide Case Study #1

Task #9-

Now download the .doc file below and save it as a google doc. Then share it to “” This is your assignment for today. Don’t forget to use the following title format for your work -> “Period 3 – Your Name – Introductory Homicide Case Study”. I will only be grading what you get done in class. You have 60 minutes to complete your work. If you run into any problems e-mail me at and I will respond as fast as possible.

Downloadable Assignment (.docx) -> Homicide Case Study #1 Analysis

Task #10 – 

Now we will be introduced to Psychiatric Disorders Associated With Criminal Behavior (Version 3).  As we go through these disorders download the .doc file below and fill in examples and definitions to these disorders that help you remember what they are. Remember to share this file with so you get credit for your work.

Downloadable .Doc -> Psychiatric Disorders Commonly Associated with Criminal Behavior Notes

Task #11 –

Students will now practice diagnosing a psychiatric disorder before we look at a homicide case. Download and use the google doc below to guide your practice. Remember to share it to so you get credit for your work.

Downloadable .Doc -> K-PAX Questions – Day #1

Task #12- 

Once you have your K-PAX questions downloaded, saved, and shared to Then watch the video clips below.

Ticket Out the Door:

Downloadable PDF -> Ticket Out the Door

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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