Period 1 – Criminal Behavior Lesson Plan (12-1-2016)

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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 (Profiling Practice)

Step #1 – Yesterday we finished our review and looked over profiles 1 & 2 in the Crime Scene Profiling Activity. Today you will be analyzing Crime Scene Practice #3. You will have 30 minutes to go over the crime scene and answer the questions below. After the 30 minutes we will be analyzing the scene as a class.

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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