Period 1 – Criminal Behavior Lesson Plan (11-29-2016)

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Serial Killer Behavioral Analysis & Review of the basic differences in manslaughter and murder.


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 be practicing identifying the differences between murder and manslaughter.

*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:

Go to and enter room “A89559b4”

Results -> *sent to your individual student folders*

Task #1 (Review of Homicide and Murder/Manslaughter)

We are going to review the basics of Homicide investigation and the differences between murder/ manslaughter. I will post the notes to this website once we have gone through them as the activities and answers are in the same files. If you would like to take digital notes a Cornell Notes template is below. If you would like to take physical Cornell notes today that is fine too.

Template -> Cornell Notes (V2)

Task #2 (Profiling Practice)

Step #1 – Quick Review

Notes on Criminal Profiling

Step #2 – Activity Prep

You may work in pairs, but each student must turn in their own work. We will be looking back at a mock crime scene sketch (#3 from Crime Scene Profiling Activity). Then in pairs I want you to look at the crime scene objectively yourself and answer the following questions:

  1. – What location is the crime scene at?
  2. – What method was used to commit the homicide?
  3. – Were there any witnesses?
  4. – How many victims?
  5. – What direction are the body/bodies facing?
  6. – What evidence would you collect at the scene?
  7. – Did the event appear to be planned?
  8. – Based on the evidence only, what actions do you think the suspect took?
  9. – Provide a profile of the person law enforcement should be looking for.

Ticket Out the Door:

Downloadable PDF -> Ticket Out the Door

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