Period 4 – Criminal Behavior Lesson Plans (1-19-2017)


Today’s Topic –

The Seven Theories on Why We Commit Crime

Teaching Objective –

Students will be introduced to identifying, analyzing, and then appropriately classifying cases using the seven key theories on why we commit crime.

Teaching Agenda –

Warm Up (5 minutes)

Head over to and enter room “A89559b4”

Results – *pending*

Task #1 (Individually) –

Introduction to – My website is an integral part of my class experience. I will show you how it works on the computer and on your cell phones. Depending on the number of people who have a smart device with them we will do a quick scavenger hunt through the site. I will also be showing you the class’s Twitter and Instagram feeds.

Task #2 (Individually) –

Getting to know you activity – I will be giving you a piece of copy paper. On that copy paper you will outline your hand in the center of the page. Then you will write your name in large letters across the bottom of the page. Once this is done, you will write one fact about yourself that you want others to know on the tip of each of your outlined fingers. When you are all done you will take a piece of painters tape and put your paper on the back wall in the appropriate spot.

Student Work Example from Spring 2015: (click/tap to enlarge)


Task #3 (Group) –

Getting to Know you activity – Two Truths and a Lie – You will be in groups of four for this activity. I will show you how to get into groups for my classroom. Introduce yourself to your group members and then tell them two truths and a lie about yourself. Once everyone has gone, each person in the group try to identify the lie each person told. Once you have completed this have one person from the group go to the board and write the people’s names in the group and one fact about each person.

Student Work Example from Spring 2015: (click/tap to enlarge)


Task #4 (Individually) –

I will show you a brief note slideshow on the seven key theories on why we commit crime. First we will copy down the terms and the definitions.

Slide show = Why Commit Crime – 7 Key Theories

Task #5 (Individually) –

Now that we have our terms I will be giving you copy paper and we will be making some visual cheat sheets to put around the room to help us remember the seven key theories. When you are done creating your cheat sheet I will give you a piece of painters tape for you to post your cheat sheet where you can best see it.

Teacher Made Example of a cheat sheet: (Click/Tap to enlarge)

IMG_3943Student Work Example from Spring 2015: (Click/Tap to enlarge)


Task #6 (Individually) –

Read through The Jeremy Scenario.  On the paper provided write down which theory you think best explains why Jeremy committed a crime along with a reason why you think the theory you choose best explains his actions.

Student Work Example from Fall 2015: (Click/Tap image to enlarge) The theory in the image below was developed by Marissa.

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Task #7 (Individually) –

Download the following document and save it as “7 Key Theory Video Practice – Period 3 – Your Name” then share it to We are going to now look at several real case videos of crime being perpetrated and practicing assessing why the individuals were breaking the law.

Downloadable .doc -> 7 Key Theories – Video Practice

Homework –

Study your vocabulary for a quiz tomorrow morning

Look over the website:

C.C.S.S. –

RH 11-12.2 – Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary that makes clear the relationships among the key details and ideas.


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