Period 4 – Criminal Behavior Lesson Plan (4-21-2017)

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 finish writing an academic essay on serial killers, utilizing  Dr. Aamodt’s work, to build up their writing skills and knowledge.

Students will demonstrate knowledge proficiency of Dr. Aamodt’s work.

Students will develop deeper level thinking questions regarding the material in order to encourage others to critically think about the information.

Students will develop and design an interview with a serial killer.

*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:

No warm up today

Task #1 Dr. Aamodt Student Report (If you have not completed) (200 points)

Utilizing the Dr. Aamodt presentation on Serial Killers students will be writing a five paragraph academic research report utilizing the format below. This assignment will be worth 200 points. All students have a copy of this presentation. If anyone lost theirs there are extras on my desk. The focus of this paper is to report on what serial killers are and do.

Task #2 – Comprehension Check (If you have not completed) (50 points)

Go to

Enter room “A89559b4”

You will be taking an online comprehension check based on Dr. Aamodt’s work.

Task #3 – Costa’s Questions Development (100 points)

You will write 25 level 3 Costa’s questions based on Dr. Aamodt’s work. The purpose of this is for you to develop deeper level critical thinking questions. If you still have computer access you can write these electronically and share them to If you do not have computer access you need to write them out by hand. Either way you need to remember to underline the stem and the word you use from the word pool. Here is a PDF version of the guide we have used before -> Mr. Tylers Guide to Writing a Level 3 Costa Question. A JPEG version is located below.

Task #4 – Interviewing a Serial Killer (Today’s Assignment) (100 points)


All of the work from this week will be entered into your grade for progress reports by next week. I am shutting down grades for progress reports on April 24th. Thus all of your work needs to be in and you are responsible for checking your grade via synergy on the 24th.


Using Dr. Aamodt’s work on serial killers answer the following questions to the best of your ability.

  1. Why is it important to interview serial killers? What are three things that can be learned from them in an interview?
  2. Why do most serial killers allow themselves to be interview? Remember to support your answer with evidence.
  3. If you were an FBI agent how would you design your interview setting with a serial killer? For example, where would you conduct your interview? Why? Would you use video and audio equipment to record it? Why? Would you allow an audience? Why or why not? Would you allow an audience to use a two way mirror? Would you want the serial killer inmate to be shackled to the desk? Would you want a guard in the room or just standing outside the door? (Think about the unspoken message a guard in the room would convey. You may be telling the inmate you don’t feel like you’re in control of the situation.) Would you want another person in the room? Like your partner or an FBI agent with training in criminal profiling? These are the kinds of questions you need to ask yourself and then respond to this question in a paragraph form.
  4. What would be ten questions you would want to ask a serial killer in an interview? List these questions below and explain why it would be important to ask these questions. Why is the knowledge you’re gaining from asking these questions important for the world to know.
  5. Up to this point you have been working with an image of a serial killer in your mind. Think about the serial killer you were envisioning in your mind. The one you had in mind when answering questions 1-5. Now tell me what you envisioned this person to look like. What race, gender, religion, height, and weight are you imagining this person to be? Why? Do you think the individual would have scars or tattoos? Why or why not?

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