Period 1 – Criminal Behavior Lesson Plan (11-15-2016)

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Serial Killer Behavioral Analysis


Serial Killers

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 analyze a serial killer cold case of their own choosing.

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


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

Online Resources for Today:

Introduction to Serial Killer Analysis (V2)

Mr. Tyler’s Google Criminal Behavior Student Toolbox 


Warm Up:

Question: What is the purpose of profiling when it comes to serial killers? Support your answer with evidence.


Task #1

From what I saw yesterday we need to take a step back with practicing profiling. Today I want you to get out a lined piece of paper and entitle it “Cornell Notes -> Zodiac”. We are going to look over the confirmed Zodiac murders. In this first task we are only gathering evidence. No analysis yet.

Task #2

Download the file below, save it as a Google Doc, and share it to In this task we are going to write another psychological profile together and develop a profile for the Zodiac killer.

Downloadable .Doc File -> Psychological Evaluation Paper Template for Students (V2)

Rubric for assignment:

Downloadable PDF ->Psychological Evaluation Student Developed Point Rubric

Downloadable PDF ->Psychological Evaluation Teacher Grading Sheet

Ticket Out the Door:

Downloadable PDF -> Ticket Out the Door