Period 1 – Criminal Behavior Lesson Plan (10-5-2016)

Criminal Behavior HeaderTopic:

Introduction to the Russian Mafia (Eurasian Mob)


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 explain and discuss the foundations and operations of the Russian Mafia.

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

C.C.S.S. Standards:

WHST 11-12.2 – Write informative/explanatory texts.

*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 – (5 minutes)

Go to and enter room “A89559b4”.

Results -> *will be sent to your individual Google folders*

Task #1 – (5 minutes – Google Doc)

Create a Google doc with the following title -> “Introduction to Russian Mafia – Period 3 – Your Name”.  In this document you will be typing the questions below and answering them.

Question #1 (I know this seems like a random question, but wait you will see the connection soon).

“What is the purpose of government?” Your response must be 8-9 sentences and evidence must be given to defend your answer.

Task #2 – (10 minutes – Reference Material)

Now lets take a look at some notes I found on a history teacher’s website regarding life in Tsarist Russia. We are going to look over these notes only. This is just due to the fact that we need to get a reference for the time period we are talking about.

Downloadable PDF -> Imperial Russia

Task #3 – (5 minutes – Google Doc)

Question #2 How did the Tsarist Russian Government not serve its purpose as a government according to your own definition of 8-9 sentences?

Task #4 – (5 minutes – Google Doc)

With a fresh perspective in mind of life in Russia during this time period, I would like you to now answer this question.

Question #3 “What would your opinion be of an outlaw figure (Ex: Robin Hood). Taking basic life materials from the rich and giving them to you? Your response must be 8-9 sentences.

Task #5 – (50 minutes – Google Doc)

Now you will be seeing a clip of a documentary examining the purpose of Russian prison tattoos. As you watch these clips you will be developing 10 Costa’s level 3 questions below your introductory questions to this topic.

Reference Tool – Mr. Tylers Guide to Writing a Level 3 Costa Question


Ticket Out the Door –

1.”What level of Webb’s depth of knowledge do you think we primarily worked at today? Why?”

Webbs Depth of Knowledge Chart

2. On a scale of 0% to 100% did we meet our objective for today? 100% means you believe we absolutely hit the objective. 

3. By percentage, how much of today do you feel was “active learning” vs “passive learning”? You answer must total 100%. 



You have a midterm this Friday. Make sure you are studying.

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