Period 4 – Criminal Behavior Lesson Plan (1-20-2017)


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.

Classroom Rules:

Mr Tylers Classroom Room (V2)

Class Google File:

Google File – Criminal Behavior Student Toolboox

Teaching Agenda –

Warm Up (5 minutes)- 


Question: “A teen was shot because he was brandishing this phone case. How legally responsible would you hold the company that made this phone case? Why?

Task #1 (Individually) –

Quick reminder about – My website is an integral part of my class experience. I will remind you how it works on the computer and on your cell phones.

Task #2 (Individually) –

Quick review of the seven key theories again.

Slide show = Why Commit Crime – 7 Key Theories

Task #3 ( Individually) –

Get out the document we created yesterday entitled “7 Key Theories On Why We Commit Crime”.  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

Task #4 (Individually) – 

Now I am going to introduce you to another important chart we need for this course.  We will be creating our own on paper.  You are going to use it in today’s case study.

Downloadable PDF -> Organized vs Disorganized Killer Chart

Quick Practice Using Chart:


Task #5 (Individually) – 


Now we are going to look at the case of H.H. Holmes. He was America’s first recognized serial killer who was operating prior to and during Jack the Ripper’s time in White Chapel, England.  During the case study we are going to take observational notes in Cornell Note fashion.  We will be keeping track of “Key Theory Evidence” and ” Organized/Disorganized evidence”.

Task #6 (Individually)-

After getting familiar with H.H. Holme’s case, time permitting, we are going to practice utilizing Costa’s Levels of Questioning to examine the case further and force ourselves to think more closely about the evidence.

Downloadable PDF -> costas-levels-of-thinking-and-questioning

Task #7 (Individually) –

Lastly, now that we have gotten familiar with the case, examined the evidence, and taken observational evidence you are going to write a full academic paragraph analyzing H.H. Holmes in the google doc you created Task #5. In this paragraph you will state which theory best explains why he turned to crime and if he was predominantly an organized or disorganized killer. An example of how to start your paragraph can be found below…..

“H.H. Holmes was predominantly a _________ killer whose behavior is best explained by ________ Theory. Sentence of supporting evidence 1. Sentence of supporting evidence 2. Sentence of supporting evidence 3.”

Ticket Out the Door

On an index card please answer the following questions.

  1. What was the theory you chose to explain H.H. Holmes?
  2. What was the key piece of evidence that made you chose your theory?
  3. What type of killer did you decide he was?
  4. What was the key piece of evidence that made you chose your theory?

Homework –

Study your vocabulary for a quiz tomorrow morning

Look over the website:

Make sure to finish you H.H. Holmes identification chart!

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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