Period 3 – Criminal Behavior Lesson Plan (4-7-2017)

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Killer Behavioral Analysis


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 gather evidence on Kazem “Kaz” Pourghafari and his potential involvement in the death of Amanda Alley in order analyze his behavior.

*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:


  1. Why do you suspect that many male serial killers begin their reign of terror at 30-33 years old?
  2. What are signs you look for in a person’s behavior to determine if they are lying?


Step #1

While I grade your psychological evaluation papers analyzing the Zodiac killer we are going to use today practice analyzing behavior exhibited by people. In today’s case a suspected killer.

Step #2


We are going to look over a case on a man named Kazem “Kaz” Pourghafari. This man may or may not be involved in the death of a woman named Amanda Alley. We will be gathering evidence and documenting this via Cornell note format.  Once we have gathered enough evidence on Kaz, in the summary portion of our Cornell notes you will decide, based on evidence, if you believe he was or was not involved.

Cornell Note Format Reminder:


Step #1 – Quick Review

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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