Period 4 – Criminal Behavior Lesson Plan (4-26-2017)

Criminal Behavior HeaderTopic:

Mass Shootings


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 document and analyze mass shooting incidents.

*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.What is the difference between a spree, mass, and serial killer?

2.What are some of the most famous mass shootings you know about?

3.Why is it important to analyze mass shootings?

Supplementary Video – Top 10 Worst Mass Shooting in U.S. History 

Task #1 – Analyzing Mass Shooting Behavior 

We are going to look at two cases of mass shootings that have taken place in America.


Get out a piece of paper and set it up Cornell Note Style:

Title it – “Mass Shootings in America”

Essential Question – “What causes a person to commit an act such as this?”

The first event we are going to look at is the Virginia Tech shooting committed by Seung.

Submitted Video -> NBC Confession Video 

Supplementary Video -> Virgina Tech Documentary

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