Period 4 – Criminal Behavior Lesson Plan (3-28-2017)

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Introduction to Killers Unit


Killers Unit

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

Today we are beginning a new unit and will need a new S.M.A.R.T. goal. Students will help today to write their new S.M.A.R.T.  goal using the previous one they created as a reference.

Previous student developed S.M.A.R.T. goal. ->

At the end of this unit students have stated they will understand how structured criminal organizations originated, remain in power, how they are affiliated, strategies they implement, and how dangerous each is. Additionally, students have stated they will have developed the following skills: reading, analysis, observation, and identification. Success will be measured by four specific student developed goal oriented objectives they have designed to measure success culminating in a student developed summative project at the end of this unit.

Downloadable  PDF -> Student SMART Goal Input – Organized Crime

*Unit S.M.A.R.T. Goal written with this downloadable guide -> SmartGoals Template for Educators

Today’s Objective:

Students will assist in developing this units S.M.A.R.T. goal, develop a rigorous summative project for the organized crime unit, and begin to gain a basic understanding of analyzing killers.

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


One-on-One Murder, Modus-Operandi, signature, characteristics


Warm Up –

Go to and enter room “A89559b4”.

Results – *Results will be sent to your Google Files*

Task #1 –

Cornell Notes on basic analysis of killers. The powerpoint we are going to break down is from a presentation that the Department of Justice used at several colleges.

Downloadable PDF -> Introduction to Analyzing Killers (V3)

Task #3 – (50 Minutes)

Case Study – Stacey Castor. We will now apply our Cornell notes to analyzing this rare type of female serial killer.

Original New York Daily New Article -> Woman gets 50 Years

Students will set their paper up like the diagram that they see below in order to break down this case.

Downloadable File -> Killer Case Analysis Form (Blank)

Ticket Out the Door (5 minutes):

Downloadable PDF -> Ticket Out the Door

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