Period 1 – Criminal Behavior Lesson Plan (9-27-2016)

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Introduction to Organized Crime Unit


Organized Crime

Unit S.M.A.R.T. Goal:

At the end of this unit students have stated they will understand how structured criminal organizations originated, remain in power, how they are affiliated, strategies they implement, and how dangerous each is. Additionally, students have stated they will have developed the following skills: reading, analysis, observation, and identification. Success will be measured by four specific student developed goal oriented objectives they have designed to measure success culminating in a student developed summative project at the end of this unit.

Downloadable  PDF -> Student SMART Goal Input – Organized Crime

*Unit S.M.A.R.T. Goal written with this downloadable guide -> SmartGoals Template for Educators

Today’s Objective:

Students will be able to recall, list, and describe common mafia slang terms utilized in the 1920s through 1950s. They will then be able to employ these terms in a fictional story in order to demonstrate understanding as well as experiment with using these slang terms correctly.

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

C.C.S.S. Standards:

WHST 11-12.4 – Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
*While Common Core Social Studies standards are currently under development my courses adhere to following the C.C.S.S. standards for English.


Warm Up:

Go to and enter room “A89559b4”

Results -> Will be sent to your individual google files.

Task #1 – Word Activity

Longest Word Activity: When you walk in you will see the word “ORGANIZED” written vertically on the whiteboard in the front of the room. In your groups, on a single index card, try to come up with the longest word that begins with each of those letters that relates to organized crime. Once everyone is done, teams will write their answers on the board. Team with the highest total of letters wins.

Ex: If I had written W.I.N.T.E.R. on the board you would come up with something like this: W.hiteI. nside N. ome T. rees E. vergreen R. etail

Task #2 – Introduction to La Cosa Nostra

We are going to finish the activities are listed in a downloadable PDF located below. These activities will include: vocabulary introduction, film clip analysis, and organized crime structural analysis.

PDF File -> Directions – Introduction to the Mafia Activities

Task #3 – Music

Now we are going to jump back in time musically and look at a song that became popular in the late 1920s known as “Mack the Knife” by Bobbi Darin. For a link to the lyrics click HERE and for a link to the audio click HERE. While you look over the lyrics and listen to the music answer the questions below on the back of the printed lyrics sheet that you found on your desk.

Downloadable PDF -> Bobby Darin – Mack the Knife Lyrics

Song Analysis Questions:

  1. Where and when was the song written? By whom?
  2. What was the purpose of the song?
  3. What is the mood of the music?
  4. Is there a message the song is trying to convey? If so, what? To whom?
  5. Are there any words or phrases that need specific interpretation? If so, identify and define them.
  6. Name one song you can think of, that from the lyrics, seems like a modern version of this song?

Task #4 – Photo Analysis

Take a look at the photo below of a mafia style hit in 1930 and use the downloadable photo analysis guide to examine this photo in detail.

Jake Lingle

Downloadable .doc File -> Photo Analysis Questions

Downloadable PDF File -> Photo Analysis Questions

Ticket Out the Door –

Using the chart below state where you think we were operating today for the most part. What stage (1-4) do you think we achieved? Why?

Webbs Depth of Knowledge Chart

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