Period 3 – Criminal Behavior Lesson Plans (10-27-2016)

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Introduction to Killers Unit


Killers Unit

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

Students will be able to behaviorally analyze a killer without teacher’s assistance with 80% accuracy in 4 of 5 trials by completion of the unit.

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

Today’s Objective:

Students will research famous killers from the past, research their backgrounds, and then address the psychological question of was it nature or nurture that caused them to become killers.

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


One-on-One Murder, Modus-Operandi, signature, characteristics


Warm Up –

Head over to and enter room “A89559b4”

Results -> *Sent to your individual Google Files*

Task #1 – (5 minutes)

We are going to finish our write ups of the New York Zodiac killer case. Many still need to fill out the Modus Operandi piece and Conclusion.

Task #2 – (82 Minutes)

Today you will be creating and sharing your own google slideshow. Once you have created it share it to me at If you do not remember how to create a Google slideshow then click HERE to be taken to a simplistic article on HOW TO CREATE A GOOGLE SLIDESHOW or you can search online for instructions. Follow the format below for the slide show:

Title for Slideshow:

Killers – Nature or Nurture? – Period # – Your Name

Slide #1 –

Name of the Assignment, Your Name, Period 3, Today’s Date

Slide #2 –

Define what a killer is. Explain the Nature vs Nurture Argument briefly. I know we have never discussed this before so here is the shortest explanation I can give you. The Nature Argument states that people are the way they are because they were born that way. So if you are a killer it is because it is in your DNA and you cannot help be what you are. The Nurture Argument states that people are a product of their environment. So if someone is a killer they were not born that way, but rather learned that behavior from whomever and/or wherever they grew up.

Resource -> Nature vs Nurture Debate (RSA Animators)

Slide #3 through Slide #12 – 

Chose 10 killers that you want to do a little research on and devote one slide to each. Use the format below on each slide. Graphic images are not necessary or appreciated. Brief explanation of the person’s crime is good enough.

Slide #3 through Slide #12 format:




Childhood Background: 

Slide #13 – 

Now that you have briefly described 10 killers and their backgrounds list on this slide show things that all 10 killers had in common.

Slide #14 – 

Now, after having researched all those killers and this backgrounds, answer this question. “Are killers born that way (Nature Argument) or are they a product of their environment (Nurture Argument)?

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