Period 3 – Criminal Behavior Lesson Plan (2-21-2017)

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Juvenile Criminal Offenders


Juvenile Offenders / Introduction to Organized Crime

Unit S.M.A.R.T. Goal:

Students will assist in determining the best legal course of action to help lower the juvenile re-incarceration rate.

Today’s Objective:

  • Students will be able to explain the cases of  Rosalio Reta and Kenneth Young.
  • Students will be able to explain what are five problems with the juvenile justice system currently.

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




Warm Up:

Go to and enter room “A89559b4”

Results -> *Sent to your individual student files*

Task #1 – 

First on the agenda today is a brief refresher on who Rosalio Reta is and how he came to be incarcerated in the United States. We are going to analyze this case and determine if we think, by groups, if Rosalio was always going to become a Sicario  or if he is the product of his environment. In order to do this we are going to look at the Nature vs Nurture Debate . If you were absent Friday the resources to make up this assignment are located just below this sentence. You are to watch the video and take Cornell notes on it. Remember to share your notes to

Assignment -> Cornell Notes – Los Zetas Cartel


Task #2

Since we did not get to this on Friday, we are going to now  look at another juvenile who ended up becoming involved with organized crime. The links below will give you access to the case of Kenneth Young. You will download, save, and share the Cornell Notes file below to

Assignment -> Cornell Notes – Kenneth Young – Period 3 – (Your Name Here)

Video – > Kenneth Young Case Study

Additional Resources:

Website -> “15 to Life” Kenneth Young PBS

Website -> Tampa Bay Times Original Article Post Resentencing 

Task #3

After we have finished viewing the film I want you to answer the discussion questions below on a google .doc entitled “Kenneth Young Video Reaction – Period 3 – Your Name”:

1)If you could ask anyone in the film a single question, who would it be and what would you want to know?

2)What did you learn from this film? What insights did it provide?

3)If a friend asked you what this film was about, what would you say?

4)Describe a moment or scene in the film that you found particularly disturbing or moving. What was it about that scene that was especially compelling for you?

Task #4

In light of what you learned about Kenneth’s case, in what ways do you think these current policies serve the public interest? Answer these question in the same google doc as Task #2:

1)Trying juveniles as adults

2)Sentencing juveniles to life without possibility of parole

3)Incarcerating youth in adult facilities

4)Placing juveniles in solitary confinement because adult prisons have no other way to protect them from older inmates

5)Denying juveniles serving life sentences access to educational opportunities because they are deemed a waste of resources for people who will never be released

Task #5

Use the link below to go to a online public discussion forum hosted  by PBS.

Online Discussion Forum -> PBS –  Kenneth’s Young’s Case

You will not be required to contribute online to the discussion. If you want to you are welcome to weigh in. You will see I myself posted last semester.  Download the assignment below, save, and share it to me.

Assignment -> Kenneth Young – Publics Reaction – Period 3 – Your Name

Task #6

Once we have gotten to 20 responses total, I want you to answer the two debrief questions below on the same google doc from Task #4

1.What did you notice about people’s reactions to Kenneth’s trial?

2.How many people were for him vs against him?


Webbs Depth of Knowledge Chart

What level do you think we worked at today and why?

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