Period 4 – Criminal Behavior Lesson plan (4-12-2017)

Criminal Behavior HeaderTopic:

Killer Behavioral Analysis


Serial Killers

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

  1. 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.
  2. Articulate the prevalence and patterns of forms of serial homicide over time.
  3. Apply and contrast the main criminological theories used to explain serial homicide and speak to the respective empirical validity of each as applied to this rare form of criminal offending.
  4. Articulate the strategies of investigation and crime scene analysis used in the used in the investigation and prosecution of serial offenders.

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

Today’s Objective:

Students will be able to articulate why it is important to study serial killers and behavioral patterns.

*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:


Why is it important to study serial killers? What lessons can we learn from their example? (Clarification: By studying these individuals what can we learn in order to help make society better or lower the amount of serial killers developed in the United States.)

Why does society become so enamored with watching movies and tv shows about killers that commit grizzly homicides? What is the fascination there?

Task #1 (Personality Quiz)

Directions: Let us take a look at ourselves for a second. On a separate half sheet of paper number 1-16. No need to copy the questions just respond with Yes, Sometimes, No. Once we are done with the quiz I will show you how to score it and what the results mean. This quiz was designed by John Harrop from Teaching House in an effort to help people examine their own behavior. He does not hold a medical degree and this is not meant as a true psychiatric diagnosis. Thus relax if the answer shocks you.

1. I get bored easily. Yes / Sometimes / No
2. I’m a very confident person. Yes / Sometimes / No
3. I don’t really care what people think. Yes / Sometimes / No
4. If I have a problem at work or college, I blame someone else. Yes / Sometimes / No
5. I have problems controlling my anger. Yes / Sometimes / No
6. I remember telling lies when I was a child. Yes / Sometimes / No
7. I have long-term relationships. Yes / Sometimes / No
8. I spend a lot of time on my physical appearance. Yes / Sometimes / No
9. I love to be the centre of attention. Yes / Sometimes / No
10. I only speak to my family when necessary. Yes / Sometimes / No
11. If I have the opportunity to steal something without being caught, I’ll do it. Yes / Sometimes / No
12.I have an excellent ‘poker-face’. Yes / Sometimes / No
13.I often feel guilty for something I’ve done or said. Yes / Sometimes / No
14. I over-exaggerate my achievements to impress people. Yes / Sometimes / No
15. My friends think I’m cold. Yes / Sometimes / No
16. People find me charismatic. Yes / Sometimes / No

Task #2 Dr. Aamodt Report Breakdown

Now that we have laid down a foundation of knowledge about serial killers we are going to delve deeper. For those of you whose accounts are still activity you may grab a Chromebook now to continue. If your account is still locked because you have yet to turn in your GAFE form you will paper and pencil to continue following along.

PDF Presentation -> Dr. Mike Aamodt – Serial Killer Presentation (Radford University)

Assignment -> Dr. Aadomt’s Work

Ticket Out the Door:

Downloadable PDF -> Ticket Out the Door

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