Period 4 – Criminal Behavior Lesson Plan (4-27-2017)

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 was Seung-Hui Cho diagnosed with?

2.What would you have recommended the school provide Seung-Hui as a support system?

3.Based on what you know, how would you explain why Cho’s doctor let him stop his medication?

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

Task #1 – Analyzing Mass Shooting Behavior 

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


Get out your Cornell Notes.

If you were absent yesterday, Title it – “Mass Shootings in America”, Essential Question – “What causes a person to commit an act such as this?”

The second event we are going to look at is the shooting at Thurston High School by Kip Kinkel.

Supplementary Video Link – > Kip Kinkel “The Killer at Thurston”

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