Period 3 – Criminal Behavior Lesson Plan (4-13-2017)

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:


What is the best explanation you can think of for why there was a large spike in serial killer activity in the United States from the 1970s through 1980s?

What was the most interesting thing you noticed when looking over Dr. Aamodt’s presentation? Why?

Task #1 Dr. Aamodt Report 

I printed off copies of Dr. Aamodt’s report for us to look over. Many of you have not turned in your GAFE forms  so you cannot do the work online. We are going to go through it together. I printed out a note version of his work for us to go over. On each slide we are going to look for two things. 1 = Trends in the data & 2 = derived facts (facts we can learn from the data)

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

Handout -> Dr. Aamodt – Serial Killers Presentation (Note Version)

Assignment -> Dr. Aadomt’s Work

Ticket Out the Door:

Downloadable PDF -> Ticket Out the Door

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